Harish Salve, who is the legal counsel for Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in SNC-Lavalin case, informed High Court today that the CBI’s chargesheet is totally baseless. He even stated that the Lavalin deal was not initiated during Pinarayi Vijayan’s tenure, according to a report in Mathrubhumi.com.
Senior advocate Harish Salve made this statement before the Kerala High Court today when CBI’s revision petition came up before the court, wherein the CBI’s charge sheet had named Pinarayi Vijayan as the seven accused in the Lavalin case.
Salve told the Kerala High Court that CBI’s allegation of corruption and conspiracy in the SNC-Lavalin deal is a fabricated story. He referred to the agreement with the Canadian company Lavalin as one that was carried forward with good intention when the state was reeling under a severe power crisis and at the time, Pinarayi Vijayan was the Power Minister.
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Harish Salve pointed out that the pressure on the state government to come up with an initiative to tackle the crisis was so intense at the time but now it also shows that only brickbats are thrown when some good deeds are done.
Rubbishing CBI’s allegations against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Harish Salve categorically stated that the Lavalin agreement was not initiated during his tenure and that CBI found no faults with the steps taken by G Karthikeyan. He also ruled out that there is no conspiracy connecting the deal with the funding of the Cancer hospital. This has been reported in Mathrubhumi.com.
In Pinarayi Vijayan’s earlier reply statement before the High Court, he had stated that there is no illegality in the SNC-Lavalin agreement and ”no meeting of minds” to commit any illegal acts.