State Secretary and former power minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday declined to comment on reports that CBI has named him as an accused in the SNC-Lavalin corruption case in its progress report filed before the Kerala High Court.
"Let everything come out. I've nothing to say now," he said when reporters sought his reaction on reports that he was arraigned as ninth accused in the progress report filed on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, as the SNC-Lavalin case is back in focus with Vijayan's name figuring in reports in connection with it, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan left in Thiruvananthapuram for Delhi on Thursday, apparently to discuss the issue with the party's top brass.
According to sources close to Achuthanandan, the purpose of the visit is to discuss the fallout of the Lavalin issue on the party and the government and how to tackle it. Some members of the CPI(M) state secretariat also met in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday to take stock of the situation.
Yesterday, CBI sought permission from Governor and Chief Secretary to prosecute 11 persons listed as accused in the case pertaining to alleged loss to the state and corruption involved in awarding of a contract for renovation of three hydel projects in Kerala to Canadian firm, SNC-Lavalin.
The contract was finalised during the tenure of Pinarayi Vijayan as Power Minister in the LDF government in mid-1990s. The Comptroller and Auditor General had found that the contract had resulted in loss to the tune of Rs 347 crore to the state.
Certain clauses in the contract like offer of Canadian donation to Malabar Cancer Centre also did not materialise giving room for suspicion that the whole deal was shady. The High Court ordered a CBI probe in 2007 and deadline for filing the probe report was to expire by Friday.