Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pinarayi gets helping hand from Amar Singh

New Delhi, Feb 6 Kerala's beleaguered Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan has got a helping hand from Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.

A day after CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat turned down Singh's request for a meeting, the Samajwadi Party leader said he had sought an appointment with Karat to share evidence that Vijayan was 'trapped' by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the multi-million rupee SNC-Lavalin scam.

Vijayan has been charge sheeted by the CBI in a 12-year-old graft case concerning a contract he had signed with the Canadian company as the state power minister in 1997.

Claiming that he has evidence that Vijayan was trapped by the CBI, Singh said his intention was to hand over the evidence to Karat.

The CPI-M's stated position in the case is that charges against Vijayan are 'politically motivated' and the vigilance enquiry ordered by the then Congress-led government in Kerala had 'exonerated Comrade Vijayan of any wrongdoing.'

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