The Supreme Court has issued a notice to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in connection with the SNC-Lavalin case. A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana agreed to hear the CBI’s appeal and sought a reply from Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. Appearing for the CBI, Tushar Mehta, Additional Solicitor General, urged the apex court that this is a matter that requires intervention from the top court. Further, the SC bench stayed the trial, in this case, pertaining to the other three accused, who also moved the court and now it has been decided that the SC bench will hear the matters together. The key arguments put forth by the CBI before the apex court stated that there was strong evidence against the former power secretary as well as the ex-joint secretary to show criminal conspiracy and that there was concrete evidence it had against the accused.
In 2009, the SNC-Lavalin case had made headlines after CAG’s report had indicated several irregularities in the deal, which goes back to the time when Pinarayi Vijayan had been the state’s power minister and he had signed a contract with a Canadian company in 1997. On August 2017, the Kerala High Court had given a clean chit to Pinarayi Vijayan, acquitting him of all charges that were leveled against him by the CBI. The High Court had chastised the CBI for dragging CM Vijayan’s name in a case when there was absolutely no evidence against him.