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Kochi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Tuesday, sought six months’ time to complete the investigation into the SNC Lavalin case.

In an affidavit filed in the court, the CBI said the investigation was being conducted in all earnestness. The agency submitted in a sealed envelope a report on the progress made.

The case related to allegations of irregularities in the award of contract for renovation and modernisation of Pallivasal, Chenkulam and Panniyar hydroelectric projects in Idukki district to the Canada-based company SNC Lavalin.

The CBI sought the extension as the time earlier granted by the court would expire on September 18. The court had given the agency the liberty to approach the court again for extension of time, if, for any genuine reason, it was not in a position to complete the investigation within the timeframe.

Quota challenged

A Bench issued notice to the State government and other respondents on a writ petition challenging the reservation provided for economically backward candidates in colleges and university admission.

In its petition, the Kerala Muslim Jamaat Council said the Government Order reserving 10 per cent of the seats in degree and postgraduate courses and 7.5 per cent of the seats for university courses was against various Supreme Court rulings and provisions of the Constitution. The petitioner said the Supreme Court had held that the criterion for reservation should be the social and educational backwardness of the citizen.

Notice issued

The court issued notice to the State government and other respondents on a writ petition challenging the appointment of K. Rajagopal, former Public Service Commission (PSC) member, as State Information Commissioner.

The petitioner, Noushad, contended that the decision violated Article 319 of the Constitution barring former PSC members from holding any office under the Union or the State governments.

Golf case

The arguments in the Thiruvananthapuram Golf Club takeover case began on Tuesday before Justice V. Giri. The arguments would continue on September 17.

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