Pinarayi Vijayan to appear before CBI court

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 23:28

Kochi: Kerala CPI-M secretary Pinarayi
Vijayan, arraigned as an accused in a graft case relating to
awarding of contract to a Canadian firm during his tenure as
power minister in 1998, will appear before a CBI special court
here tomorrow.

Vijayan will appear in court tomorrow, his counsel and
former advocate general M K Damodaran said.

CBI had filed a charge sheet listing Vijayan as the
seventh accused in the case relating to alleged corruption in
the award of contract to SNC Lavalin for renovation of three
hydel projects in 1998.

Vijayan had earlier failed to appear before the court
on September 24 on medical grounds.

The CBI court had on June 23 issued summons to all the
nine accused, including Vijayan, in the case to appear before
the court on September 24.

Lavalin official Claus Trendl and Lavalin company have
not accepted the summons.

Five accused -- former principal secretary (Power) K
Mohanachandran, former KSEB chairmen R Shivadasan and
Siddharta Menon, former chief engineer (Generation)
Kasturiranga Iyer and former joint secretary (Power) A Francis
-- were earlier granted bail on a bond of Rs two lakh and two
sureties for a like amount.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 23:28

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