Staff Reporter

High Courtround-up

Kochi: The CBI filed a petition before the Kerala High Court on Thursday seeking to expunge the observation in its judgment that the CBI had taken over the investigation in the SNC Lavalin case and the investigation was in progress.

The case related to the allegation of corruption in the award of contract for modernisation of Pallivasal, Sengulam and Panniyar hydroelectric projects and extension work of the Kuttiyadi Irrigation Project to the Canada-based SNC Lavalin.

The CBI pointed out that since the Vigilance probe into the allegation was on, it had informed the Union Government that it need not take up the investigation at this stage.

Proceedings stayed

The High Court stayed further proceedings initiated by the Thodupuzha Sessions Court against P.J. Kurien, former Union Minister, in the Suryanelli case. Justice K.T.Sankaran issued the interim order on a revision petition filed by Mr. Kurien against the Thodupuzha sessions court's order dismissing his application seeking to discharge him from the case.

The case relates to the abduction of a minor girl from her residence at Suryanelli in Idukki district by a bus conductor on the promise of marrying her.

He then confined her at various places in the State and allowed several people to sexually assault her under threat and coercion.

Review petition

A petition was filed before the High Court seeking to review a judgment holding that the `devaprasanam' conducted at the Sabarimala temple was proper. A Division Bench while disposing of a batch of writ petitions challenging the conduct of devaprasanam had held that the opinions given by the astrologers regarding the administrative matters should not be guidance for the Travancore Devaswom Board.

The petitioner Jayakumar, an astrologer from Ernakulam, sought review of the judgment in view of the report submitted by the Crime Branch into the conduct of devaprasanam.