Pinarayi Vijayan fails to appear in court

Last Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 15:08

Kochi: CPI(M) Kerala secretary Pinarayi
Vijayan, arraigned as an accused in a graft case relating to
award of contract to a Canadian company in 1998, failed to
appear before the CBI special court on Thursday.

The court granted bail to five other accused who were

Vijayan`s counsel M K Damodaran, a former Advocate
General, appeared before special court judge K P Jothindranath
and filed a petition explaining his absence on medical

The special court had on June 23 issued summons to all the
nine accused, including Vijayan, in the SNC Lavalin case, to
appear before the court today.

Lavalin official Klaus Treindl and Lavalin company did
not accept the summons, following which the court issued fresh
summons to both today.

Those who were granted bail are K Mohanachandran, R
Shivadasan, Kasturiranga Iyer, Siddharta Menon, A Francis.They
were directed to furnish a bond for Rs 2 lakh with two
sureties for like amount.

The court accepted CBI`s petition seeking four more
months time for further investigation.

CBI had filed a chargesheet listing the then electricity
minister Vijayan as the seventh accused in the case pertaining
to alleged corruption in the award of contract to the company
when LDF government was in power in 1998 for renovation of
three hydel projects of Panniyar, Palivasal and Shengulam.

The case has been posted for December 30.

In June, the court had ordered further investigation into
the role of G Karthikeyan, Congress leader and former power
minister, and R Gopalakrishnan, former Board Member, who were
excluded from the chargesheet submitted by CBI.

Mohanachandran is a former Principal secretary (Power)
and Francis a former Joint secretary (power). Most of the accused were top officials of Kerala State Electricity board.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 15:08

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