CBI Special court on Friday issued open non bailable arrest warrant to Klaus Trendl, former Vice President of Canadian company SNC Lavalin and an accused in the graft case relating to renovation of 3 Hydel projects in Kerala in 1990s.
CBI informed the court that as per extradition treaty between India and Canada in exchanging criminals, the Union Home ministry had taken measures to that effect.
CBI Special court judge K P Jyothindranath observed that though arrest warrants were issued by the court on earlier occasions, they had not been served on the accused.
CBI Counsel assured the court that since extradition measures were underway, probe agency will take all effective steps through the home ministry and Indian mission in Canada to give effect to the warrant.
The counsel told the court that fresh summons may be served on the SNC Lavalin company, represented by its ceos, may be handed over to CBI and they would take all steps to serve it. The company is the 9th accused in the case.
Court asked cbi to file application in this regard and adjourned the case to Feb 24.
CBI counsel told the court that there is an Indian branch of the company in New Delhi and that summons could be addressed to this office.
The court then observed that though summons were sent to the company by post to its New Delhi office, it could not be served.
Crime magazine editor, T P Nandakumar, filed a petition in the court to direct CBI to re-istate Ashok Kumar conduct further enquiry in the Lavalin case as directed by it on Feb 23 last year.
CBI DYSP Ashok Kumar who had enquired the case and filed chargsheet was shifted to chennia.
When the case came up before the court today, former Chairmen of KSEB K Mohanachandran and T A Siddhartha Menon and Frrmer energy secretary, A Francis were present in the court.
Other accused, including CPI(m) State secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan, were granted exemption from personal appearance.