Feb 17, 2009


SNC Lavalin Case and the reality [ click to view ]

Excerpts from Press Communiqué issued on February 14, 2009 by CPI(M) Polit Bureau

The Polit Bureau reiterated its position that the involvement of Com. Pinarayi Vijayan in the SNC Lavalin case is politically motivated. It is unfortunate that the central investigating agency, the CBI, is not immune from political pressure and influence of the ruling party at the Centre.

The decision to go ahead with the SNC Lavalin contract for renovation of three hydroelectric projects was taken up by the LDF government headed by E.K. Nayanar after it was initiated by the earlier Congress-led UDF government. The proposal was discussed by the state secretariat of the Party and Pinarayi Vijayan as the minister for electricity implemented the decision.

The CPI(M) has consistently held that any person holding public office should step down if they face prosecution by the CBI. This does not apply to Com. Vijayan as he is not a minister or holding any public office. The Party will fight the case politically and legally if it comes up in court.