Friday, January 15, 2016

Hearing in Lavalin case in February

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala High Court Friday accepted the sub plea filed by the government in the Lavalin case. Meantime, the CBI came forward rejecting the government stand in the sub petition. The CBI counsel argued in the court that the case was investigated by them and that there should be no rush in considering it.  The government had sought a quick settlement on CBI’s revision plea against the court order acquitting many including Pinarayi Vijayan.  Though the CBI stand was a setback for the government, accepting the sub plea was a relief for them. The plea was considered by Justice P Ubaid.

Meantime, Pinarayi’s advocate M K Damodaran argued that the government has no legal right to file a plea in the case. He also argued that the government has not suffered a loss in the Lavalin deal.

The demand to hear the two-year-old revision plea hastily is part of a narrow political goal. M K Damodaran alleged that the action of the government is at a time when the polls are round the corner and the Nava Kerala March led by Pinarayi is all set to start today. However, DGP T Asif Ali argued that the government had incurred a loss in the deal. The government in the affidavit submitted earlier had informed the court that a loss was not incurred. The court will consider the revision plea on February 3rd.

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