Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala state secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Pinarayi Vijayan, the seventh accused in the Rs.374 crore SNC Lavalin scam and currently on bail, was asked Monday to appear before the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here in April next year.

The court, while accepting a re-investigation report by the CBI, asked Vijayan and the other accused to appear before it on April 10. The probe agency has exonerated senior Congress leader and present speaker of the Kerala assembly G Karthikeyan in the case.

In June 2009, the CBI filed charge sheets against nine accused in the Rs.374 crore scam related to the company SNC Lavalin.

Vijayan, as the state power minister, had inked the final agreement in 1997 for renovating three power plants in the state which, according to the accountant general, was a failed project.

The other accused in the case include six former officials of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB); Canada based SNC Lavalin and Claus Trendl, former vice-president of SNC Lavalin.

The CBI court Monday directed that summons be issued to the Canadian company and also ordered an arrest warrant to be issued against Trendl who, according to the court, was the main conspirator in the flawed deal.

It was Karthikeyan who had signed the MoU with Lavalin company and Vijayan took it forward and inked the contract with the Canadian company. The CBI found that Karthikeyan had no role in the actual implementation of the renovation project of the three power plants.

Agencies