Thiruvananthapuram: The kerala High Court upheld the verdict of CBI special court discharging Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and two former Kerala State Electricity Board officials from the SNC Lavalin Case. The court made it clear that three other KSEB officials who were discharged by the special Court have to face trial in the case. The court passed the verdict while partially allowing a revision petition filed by the CBI against the Thiruvananthapuram special court’s verdict. The CBI’s charge sheet had alleged that pinarayi vijayan , the then state electricity minister from May 1996 to October 1998 , along with the other accused , had hatched a criminal conspiracy to award the supply contract to the company at an exorbitant cost. The kerala state electricity board had entered into a memorandum of understanding without inviting tenders, thereby violating all rules and regulations.
The charge sheets claimed that the KSEB signed the supply contract with SNC-Lavalin in 1997 without the state government’s approval and on the basis of a decision arrived at by a high-level delegation, headed by vijayan , which had visited Canada.