No intention to share details of case with media: Vijayan

Pinarayi Vijayan, listed as an accused by CBI in a graft case involving a multinational company, today said he had no intention to share with media details of the case.

Kochi: CPI(M) Kerala Secretary Pinarayi
Vijayan, listed as an accused by CBI in a graft case involving
a multinational company, today said he had no intention to
share with media details of the case.

The case relates to alleged irregularities in the award
of contract to a Canadian company SNC Lavalin for renovation
of three Hydel projects in Kerala when Vijayan was Power
Minister in 1998.

"I don`t have any intention to discuss details of the
case with you (media). I stand by my earlier statement that no
irregularities had taken place," he told reporters here.

He was asked for his reaction to a statement filed by
Dileep Rahulan, in charge of Lavalin`s Asia operations and a
witness in the case, before the CBI court here that the
decision to appoint Technicaliya as consultant was made at the meeting of a committee which included Vijayan and Lavalin Chairman.

Vijayan has been listed as seventh accused in the case.

Yesterday, the CBI court had directed the investigating
agency to ensure that the non-bailable warrant be served on
Claus Trendl, former Senior Vice-President of SNC Lavalin,
through the Home Ministry.

Earlier, the warrant to Trendl, the sixth accused, had
been sent through the External Affairs Ministry and the
Canadian authorities had said it should be routed through the
Home Ministry.

CBI was also directed to get the summons served to SNC
Lavalin, the ninth accused, at the company`s local address in
New Delhi.

The Canadian company had got illegal benefit of Rs 86
crore through the deal, CBI had said.

Two senior IAS officers and top officials of Kerala State
Electricity Board are among the accused.

PTI

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