India's top court issues notice to Kerala chief minister in corruption case

Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-11 22:31:10|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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NEW DELHI, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- India's top court Thursday issued notice to Chief Minister of southern Indian state of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan and two other accused in the SNC-Lavalin corruption case, officials said.

The court issued notice to Vijayan after India's premier investigating agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) approached it challenging his acquittal by the Kerala high court in the case.

The agency also sought an interim order quashing the high court verdict.

The SNC-Lavalin Kerala hydroelectric scandal is a financial scandal related to a hydroelectric infrastructure contract between the Indian government and Canadian company SNC-Lavalin in 1995.

Reports say the contracts resulted in an alleged loss of 62 million U.S. dollars to the Indian exchequer.

The contract outlined the renovation and modernization of the hydroelectric power stations at Pallivasal, Sengulam, and Panniar.

The Kerala high court last year upheld a trial court's decision to discharge Vijayan and two others in the case.

Vijayan served as Kerala's electricity minister from 1996 to 1998.

He along with others named in the case, was accused of awarding the contract for the renovation and modernization of the hydroelectric projects at exorbitant rates.