New Delhi, Aug 31 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Kerala Government over the state Governor's permission to CBI to prosecute Pinarayi Vijayan.
The apex court was hearing the petition filed by Vijayan, challenging the governor's sanction for his prosecution by the CBI.
Vijayan is the politburo member of Communist party of India (Marxist) (CPM)
A bench of the apex court comprising Justice R.V. Ravindran and Justice B.S. Sudarsan Reddy admitted Vijayan's lawsuit directly for hearing.
The bench stated that the petition involved several important questions of law.
Vijayan is facing the charges of by passing the regulations while awarding a contract to a Canadian based company, SNC Lavalin for renovating three power plants when he was Kerala's power minister in 1997.
The charges against Vijayan were filed in a special court after Kerala Governor R.S. Gavai gave the green signal to the CBI to prosecute the stalwart of communist movement in June.
Earlier, the central agency had asked Vijayan to appear before the CBI court at Kochi on September 24.
The Rs.374-crore SNC Lavalin scam, has created a tussle between Vijayan and State Chief Minister V.S.Achhuthanandan. (ANI)