Pinarayi Vijayan to appear before CBI court
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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.


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

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