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The High Court had on August 23, last year, discharged Mr. Vijayan and two former KSEB senior officers — K. Mohanachandran and A. Francis — of charges. Mr. Mohanachandran is a former Principal Secretary, Department of Power; and Mr. Francis, the then joint secretary in the same department.

However, three other accused — M. Kasthuriranga Iyer, G. Rajasekharan Nair and R. Sivadasan — were asked to stand trial. Mr. Nair was then Member (Accounts) of the KSEB and Mr. Iyer was Chief Engineer (Generation) in the board.

The accused who were ordered to stand trial appealed to the Supreme Court for parity of treatment. They argued that the case is based on the same facts and if Mr. Vijayan can be discharged, they should also be freed of allegations.

The CBI followed to the apex court with its own appeal against the High Court decision. The agency said all the accused in the Lavalin case, including the Chief Minister, should be tried. How could the High Court hold there was criminal conspiracy on one hand but nevertheless discharge select accused persons? the agency asked in the apex court.

A Supreme Court Bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana had in January this year stayed the trial in the case.

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