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Thiruvananthapuram: The CBI Special Court on Wednesday split the charge sheet in the SNC Lavalin case following the direction of the Kerala High Court to start the trial of those accused.

The High Court had directed the Special Court to split up the SNC-Lavalin case and begin the trial of CPI-M State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and other accused after excluding the trial of SNC-Lavalin, a Canada-based company and its former vice president Klaus Triendl, both arraigned as accused in the case.

Of the nine accused, the then SNC Lavalin vice president, Claus Trendl and the company are the two who are yet to be given the charge sheet, nor have they appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) trial court here.

The CBI had in June 2009 filed charge sheets against nine accused in the Rs.374 crore scam related to the Canada-based SNC Lavalin company, which was given a contract to renovate three power plants in the state. Vijayan, as the state power minister, had inked the final agreement with the Canadian firm in 1997.

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