Friday, April 23, 2010

Court allows CBI to conduct further probe in Lavalin case

KOCHI: A special court on Friday permitted the CBI to conduct further investigation in a graft case in which CPI (M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan is an accused.

The case relates to award of contracts to renovate three hydel projects to Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin in 1998 when Vijayan was Power minister.

Judge K P Jyothindranath allowed the CBI to carry on the investigation while dismissing a petition filed by Crime magazine editor T P Nanda Kumar.

The court also issued summons to S N C Lavalin and a non-bailable warrant to Claus Trendl, the vice president of the company.

The petitioner had raised several allegations against the accused in the case, particularly Vijayan, who is the seventh accused.

When the case came up, three accused -- K Mohanachandran, Siddharthan Menon and A Francis were present. Vijayan, who is in Dubai, was not present in the court.

The court directed the CBI prosecutor to furnish the office address of the Lavalin Company in India, if any.

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