SC Serves Notices on CBI, Kerala Govt in Pinarayi Case

The Supreme Court has served notices on the CBI and Kerala government on a petition filed by the CPM politburo member Pinayari Vijayan challenging governor’s saction for his prosecution in the apex court.

A bench comprising Justice RV Ravindran and Justice BS Sudarsan Reddy directly admitted Vijayan’s lawsuit for hearing and said that it involves several important questions of law.

One of the questions is as important as how much clout a ruling party or its head can impose upon its government.

It may be mentioned that in graft scam, Vijayan is accused of wrongfully conceding a contract to the Canadian company SNC Lavalin for renovation of three power plants when he held the rank of state power minister in 1997.

The charges against Vijayan were filed in the special court after Kerala Governor RS Gavai in June gave the go-ahead to the CBI to prosecute the Marxist leader.

The CBI had asked Vijayan to appear before the CBI court at Kochi Sep 24 in the Rs.374-crore SNC Lavalin scam, in which he is the seventh accused.

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