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SC adjourns hearing on CBI plea against discharge of Kerala CM, others in graft case

The Supreme Court Tuesday adjourned the hearing on CBI’s plea against the discharge of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and two others in a graft case associated to awarding of a contract to Canadian agency SNC-Lavalin when he was the facility minister. A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit deferred the matter to April 6 after Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, showing 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 mentioned.

The bench then posted the hearing to April 6.

The case pertains to allegations of corruption and inflicting a loss of Rs 374.50 crore to the state Exchequer in awarding of a contract to SNC-Lavalin when Vijayan was the facility minister in 1996.

The high court docket had earlier requested the CBI to give you very robust grounds against the discharge of Vijayan and two others in the SNC Lavalin graft case.

The excessive court docket and the decrease court docket have held that they shouldn’t be tried in the matter.

The CBI mentioned this was a cross-appeals matter filed in 2017 and it’ll file a complete observe giving the factual facet of the matter.

On August 23, 2017, the Kerala High Court had upheld the discharge of Vijayan in the SNC Lavalin graft case, saying the CBI had “wrongly picked” him as prima facie there was no case against him.

The excessive court docket had additionally upheld the discharge of two others in the case whereas rejecting the CBI’s plea that their full-fledged trial was essential to show the conspiracy.

The excessive court docket’s verdict had come in a revision petition filed by the CBI in 2014 difficult the discharge of Vijayan and 5 others in the case by a particular CBI court docket in Thiruvananthapuram.

The CBI particular court docket, Thiruvananthapuram, had in November 2013 discharged Vijayan and others.

The probe company had filed the cost sheet in the case arguing that there was adequate proof to show the fees against the accused.

The discharge by the particular court docket was ‘unlawful’, CBI had said in its revision petition.

The particular choose had dominated that the CBI had didn’t show the fees of conspiracy and corruption levelled against Vijayan and different accused.

The CBI had argued earlier than the excessive court docket {that a} trial was should to show the conspiracy in giving the contract to revamp the facility initiatives to the Canadian agency when Vijayan was energy minister in 1996.

Claiming that the conspiracy was hatched at completely different levels in awarding the contract, the CBI had assailed the decrease court docket order discharging Vijayan and 6 others and mentioned a full-fledged trial was essential to show the conspiracy.

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