SC adjourns hearing on CBI plea against discharge of Kerala CM, others in graft case
The peak court delayed the matter to April 6 after Additional Lawyer General S.V. Raju, appearing for the CBI, sought adjournment in the matter.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Submit.|Image Credit: S. Gopakumar
The apex court deferred the matter to April 6 after Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju, appearing for the CBI, looked for adjournment in the matter.
The Supreme Court on Feb. 23 adjourned the hearing on CBI’s plea against the discharge of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and two others in a graft case related to awarding of a contract to Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin when he was the Power Minister.
A Bench headed by Justice U.U. Lalit deferred the matter to April 6 after Extra Lawyer General S.V. Raju, standing for the CBI, sought adjournment in the matter.
” I am engaged in a part heard matter in another court. Please have it next week,” the ASG stated.
The Bench then posted the hearing to April 6.
The case pertains to claims of corruption and causing a loss of37450 crore to the State Exchequer in awarding of a contract to SNC-Lavalin when Mr. Vijayan was the Power Minister in 1996.
The leading court had earlier asked the CBI to come up with really strong grounds versus the discharge of Mr. Vijayan and 2 others in the SNC Lavalin graft case.
The High Court and the lower court have actually held that they should not be attempted in the matter.
The CBI stated this was a cross-appeals matter submitted in 2017 and it will file a thorough note offering the factual element of the matter.
On August 23, 2017, the Kerala High Court had actually supported the discharge of Mr. Vijayan in the SNC Lavalin graft case, saying the CBI had “incorrectly picked” him as prima facie there was no case against him. The High Court had likewise supported the discharge of 2 others in the case while declining the CBI’s plea that their full-fledged trial was necessary to prove the conspiracy.
The High Court’s decision had actually can be found in a modification petition submitted by the CBI in 2014 challenging the discharge of Mr. Vijayan and five others in the case by an unique CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram.
The CBI special court, Thiruvananthapuram, had in November 2013 released Mr. Vijayan and others.
The probe firm had submitted the charge sheet in the case arguing that there was sufficient evidence to prove the charges against the implicated.
The discharge by the unique court was ‘unlawful’, the CBI had actually specified in its modification petition.
The special judge had ruled that the CBI had actually failed to show the charges of conspiracy and corruption levelled against Mr. Vijayan and other implicated.
The CBI had argued before the High Court that a trial was must to show the conspiracy in providing the contract to revamp the power tasks to the Canadian firm when Mr. Vijayan was Power Minister in 1996.
Declaring that the conspiracy was hatched at different phases in granting the contract, the CBI had actually assaulted the lower court order discharging Mr. Vijayan and 6 others and said a full-fledged trial was necessary to show the conspiracy.
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