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CBI seeks to arraign Pinarayi

He is the ninth accused in Lavalin case

Kochi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed a report before a CBI Special Court here seeking to arraign Pinarayi Vijayan, CPI(M) secretary of Kerala and former Power Minister; A. Francis, former Joint-Secretary (Power), and the Canada-based company SNC Lavalin as accused no. 9, 10 and 11 in the SNC Lavalin corruption case.

The CBI case was that the former Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) officials and others had hatched a criminal conspiracy among themselves and with the senior vice-president of SNC Lavalin in awarding contract for the renovation and modernisation of Pallivasal, Sengulam and Panniyar hydro-electric projects to the Canadian company at a higher rate, violating the rules and regulations, thereby causing a loss to the tune of Rs.390 crore to the KSEB and the government. The CBI alleged that the failure to get a binding agreement executed by the company for ensuring a promised grant for setting up the proposed Malabar Cancer Centre at Thalassery had caused a loss to the tune of Rs.86.25 crore.

The report said that Mr. Vijayan, while serving as the Minister for Electricity during May 1996-October 1998, had colluded with Mr. Mohanachandran and joined in the criminal conspiracy during 1995 in the awarding the contract to the Canadian company.

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