CPM Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan has said that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s statement that he was not aware of his government filing a petition in Kerala High Court against him in the SNCLavalin case was “astonishing”.
“The CM said he came to know of the petition in Lavalin case through the media. This statement is surprising. Even when the CM is moving against me, he is targeting his own party leaders,” Pinarayi said on Thursday.
Chandy had told reporters on Wednesday that the law would take its course in the SNCLavalin case, and the Kerala government won’t interfere in it. While it was pointed out that as the CBI’s revision petition was already pending, government should not have approached the court again, Chandy replied that he “was not aware” of it.
The state government on Wednesday had approached the Kerala High Court seeking an early hearing of revision petition against a CBI court verdict acquitting Pinarayi and six other accused in the SNCLavalin case.
In 2009, Pinarayi was named as an accused by the CBI in the SNCLavalin case. The case was that the state lost Rs 86.25 crore due to a conspiracy involving the then power minister Pinarayi and other KSEB staff relating to the contracted awarded to Canadian firm SNCLavalin for the renovation of Pallivasal, Sengulam, and Panniar hydel power stations. However, in 2013, Pinarayi was cleared of all charges by a Special Court as “the CBI could not prove the charges.”