CBI moves HC against Vijayan acquittal

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed a revision petition in the Kerala High Court against a CBI special court verdict that discharged Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan from the SNC-Lavalin corruption case.

Through the petition, the CBI has reiterated that there was ample evidence to establish Vijayan’s role in the case.

A CBI special court in Thiruvananthapuram, in November, 2013, removed Vijayan and six others from the list of accused.

The case involves an alleged loss of about Rs 370 crore for the state, in its agreement with Canada-based firm SNC-Lavalin to revive three hydro-electricity projects, in Chenkulam, Panniyar and Pallivasal. Vijayan was minister for power when agreement on the project was signed in 1997.

Even after the verdict, the case has been hitting headlines. Three High Court judges have already recused themselves from hearing a review petition that challenged the verdict.
The CBI has also been criticised for delaying the petition. The three-month period allotted to file the revision petition ends next week.

Reacting to the CBI move, Vijayan told reporters that the special court had pronounced its verdict because it didn’t find the case fit for a trial.

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