KOCHI: The CBI on Monday submitted before the Kerala High Court it is essential to conduct trial against the persons accused in the SNC-Lavalin case to prove their involvement in the alleged corruption.
Concluding its argument on a petition challenging the order of the CBI Special Court, discharging the accused including Pinarayi Vijayan without trial, the CBI said the accused cannot be discharged without trial as there was evidence to prove conspiracy at different stages of the deal with SNC-Lavalin. Pinarayi Vijyan is the seventh accused in the case.
The central agency submitted the CBI Special Court had acquitted Pinarayi and others without verifying facts, and argued the verdict would not stand legally.
Supreme Court advocate Harish Salve, who appeared for Pinarayi in the case earlier, had termed the CBI’s allegations baseless and claimed Pinarayi was trapped in the case.