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SEEKING ACTION: Law Minister M. Vijayakumar watches an impromptu press conference being addressed by United Democratic Front (UDF) leaders on the steps of the Secretariat after submitting a memorandum on the Lavalin issue to the Chief Minister on Thursday.
SEEKING ACTION: Law Minister M. Vijayakumar watches an impromptu press conference being addressed by United Democratic Front (UDF) leaders on the steps of the Secretariat after submitting a memorandum on the Lavalin issue to the Chief Minister on Thursday.

Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The United Democratic Front (UDF) on Thursday petitioned Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan seeking an early decision on giving sanction to prosecute Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan in the SNC Lavalin case.

The Chief Minister informed the UDF delegation, led by Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, that he would try to expedite the matter that had been referred to the Advocate-General for his legal opinion. The delegation comprised UDF convener P.P. Thankachan; Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader E.T. Mohammed Basheer; Kerala Congress (M) leader C.F. Thomas; Kerala Congress (Jacob) leader T.M. Jacob; Kerala Congress (B) leader V.S. Manoj Kumar; Janadhipatya Samrakshana Samithy (JSS) leader K.K. Shaju; and RSP(B) leader Shibu Baby John. They pointed out that the three-week time sought by the Advocate-General was over and alleged that the legal advice was being deliberately delayed. The Chief Minister said the delay on the part of the Advocate-General could be on account of the complex nature of the files.

According to UDF sources, the delegation also brought up the question of getting the Lok Sabha elections rescheduled in view the Vishu festival. The delegation asked the State government to take up the matter with the Chief Election Commission.

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