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Report on probe against Karthikeyan in Lavalin case soon: CBI

india Updated: Mar 27, 2011 14:17 IST

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The CBI "at the earliest" will submit its probe report to the Special CBI court here on graft allegations against Congress leader and former Power Minister G Karthikeyan and KSEB ex-board member Gopalakrishnan Nair.

The case is related to the renovation of three hydel projects in Kerala in 1990s. Canadian multinational company SNC Lavalin had been given the contract.

"Further investigation in the case is under progress and all allegations raised by the witnesses including the petitioner are being looked into to finalise the same and a report would be submitted before the court at the earliest," Y Hari Kumar, DYSP-CBI Chennai, said in a counter affidavit filed in the CBI special court here.

The agency was responding to a petition filed by crime magazine editor T P Nandakumar seeking further investigation against persons who had signed the MOUs and also for expediting further investigation.

The court had directed the investigating agency to conduct further investigation in the case against Karthikeyan and Nair, who had not been chargesheeted in the case.

The CBI also dismissed as "totally baseless" the petitioner's contention that a witness who had come forward to give statement was sidelined or ignored by the agency.

It also declined to accept that the investigation would be affected by changing the investigating officer. The argument of the petitioner that the investigating officer cannot be changed without prior permission of the court was not based on any valid provisions, CBI stated.

"The petitioner has no right to demand that a particular investigating officer should investigate the case as the perpetuity and integrity of an investigation is not merely based on an individual investigating officer," CBI submitted.

The allegations raised by the key witness Deepak Kumar in his statements are being verified to ascertain the veracity in order to arrive at definite conclusions, CBI said.

The statement of the petitioner would be recorded if found necessary, it said.

The investigating agency had filed chargesheet in the case on June 11, 2009 listing K Mohanachandran, former Principal Secretary, Power Department and eight others including former Power Minister and CPI(M) State Secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan as accused.

The allegation relates to showing undue favour to Lavalin in the awarding of contracts for renovation and modernisation of Pallivasal, Sengulam and Panniar Hydel projects in Kerala.