SNC-Lavalin Case: ED summons scribe who filed complaint against Vijayan

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On Thursday, the Enforcement Directorate served a notice to journalist TP Nandakumar & summoned him to its Kochi office in connection with the SNC-Lavalin corruption case in Kerala.

The Enforcement Directorate has asked Nandakumar to reach its office at 11 am on Friday with evidence related to the SNC-Lavalin corruption case in which Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was one of the accused.

In 2006, Nandakumar had filed a complaint with the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) against Vijayan, current Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Issac, & Communist Party of India (Marxist) polit bureau member MA Baby.

Vijayan was accused of allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy while he was serving as the Electricity Minister of Kerala from May 1996 to Oct 1998.

Vijayan & other senior executives of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) — former Power Department secretary K Mohanachandran & former joint secretary A Francis — were accused of allegedly awarding the contract for renovation & modernisation of few hydroelectric projects to a Canada-based company SNC-Lavalin at exorbitant rates.

However, the CBI court acquitted Vijayan & Kerala High Court withheld the decision due to lack of evidence against him. A plea against his acquittal by CBI is still pending in the Supreme Court.

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