In a setback for Kerala unit of
CPM, Governor S Gavai has given a go-ahead to the CBI to prosecute top CPM leader Pinarayi Vijayan in the SNC Lavalin
Gavai had earlier asked for more
clarification from the LDF government on the case saying that the delay in
giving opinion on prosecution proceedings was not deliberate.
Reacting to the development Kerala
state committee of the CPM has issued a statement backing Vijayan. They say
that the Governor's decision is unfortunate and that the party will face it
legally and politically.
The case dates back about 12 years
when Vijayan as power minister granted a contract for almost Rs 400 crore to a
Canadian firm even though an Indian firm had a much lower quote. Vijayan is
ninth accused in the case.
The politically sensitive case is
Kerala's biggest financial scam involving Rs 378 crore pertaining to the
alleged corruption in awarding contract to Canadian firm SNC Lavalin.