11 May 2009
Thiruvananthapuram, May 11: Kerala Governor R S Gavai has sought further clarifications from the state government on the legal opinion forwarded by state Advocate General (AG) C P Sudhakara Prasad, that there was no firm ground to grant permission to prosecute CPI(M) state Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan in connection with the SNC-Lavalin case.
The legal opinion from the AG, the minutes of the cabinet decision in the case, forwarded by the state government and the related documents and reports received from CBI were being examined in detail, a Raj Bhavan press release said here.
The clarifications sought for are awaited from the government, it said, adding that an appropriate decision would be taken as stipulated in the Constitutional provisions, after considering all aspects.
The statement was issued in the wake of the "conflicting news and views appearing in the media" in relation to the matter of granting sanction to prosecute Vijayan in the case, it said.
The SNC-Lavalin case relates to alleged corruption in awarding of contract for renovation of three hydro power stations in 1997 to Canadian firm SNC Lavalin, when Vijayan was state Power Minister.
Four months back, CBI had written to Governor, seeking permission to prosecute Vijayan, who in turn, referred the matter to the state government.
Considering the political ramifications, the government had referred the matter to the Advocate General.