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CBI files chargesheet against Vijayan in graft case

CBI files chargesheet against Vijayan in graft case

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: June 11, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/182243/CBI-files-chargesheet-against-Vijayan-in-graft-case.html

CBI on Thursday filed a chargesheet against former CPI-M Kerala secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and eight others in the graft case relating to awarding of contracts to a Canadian company for renovating three hydro power projects in 1998.

Vijayan, a former minister, has been charged under IPC sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) and section 13 (1) and 13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The names of the two accused Mathew Roy and V Rajagopal, both former Kerala State Electricity Board officials, have been deleted as both of them have died, CBI officials said.

The chargesheet was filed in the Special CBI court at Ernakulam. The case involved alleged irregularities in awarding the contracts to the Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin when Vijayan was Minister for Power in 1998.

It has been filed days after Governor R S Gavai gave sanction to CBI to prosecute Vijayan in the case overruling the state cabinet recommendation.

The case widened the rift within the CPI-M state unit with Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan expressing his tacit backing for the Governor's decision.

Besides Vijayan, the other accused listed in the 11-page chargesheet included K Mohanachandran, former principal secretary (Power) and former chairman of the Kerala state electricity board (KSEB), K G Rajashekharan Nair, former member accounts, R Sivadas, M Kasthuri Ranga Iyer, P Sidharata Menon, former KSEB Chairman, Klaus Trindel, senior vice president of SNC Lavalin, A Francis, former joint secretary (Power) and the firm SNC Lavalin.

Over 300 documents in four steel trunks have been submitted to the court by the CBI.

CBI had on January 21 sought permission from the Kerala High court to arraign Pinarayi Vijayan as an accused in the case. The investigating agency had also sought permission from the Governor to prosecute the former minister.

The chargesheet has been filed hardly four days after receiving the Governor's sanction.

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