CBI probe sought into KSEB deals

Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP State president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai has sought a CBI inquiry into the deals between the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and the Canadian company SNC Lavalin.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Sreedharan Pillai said both the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) had been trying to prevent the facts relating to these deals from coming to light. "The reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India show that it was not in one instance alone that the KSEB had suffered colossal loss in its dealings with the Canadian company. Besides, the deal for the renovation and modernisation of Pallivasal, Sengulam and Panniar hydel schemes, the one for executing the Kuttiadi Extension Scheme had also resulted in a huge loss to the exchequer," he said. Mr. Sreedharan Pillai alleged that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy himself was trying to sabotage the ongoing Vigilance probe into the first of the two deals. The BJP would take out a march to the Chief Minister's residence on July 16 to press the Government to refer the case to the CBI, he said.

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