Kochi: Another judge of the High Court on Wednesday recused himself from hearing the revision petition against the discharge of CPI-M state secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan in the SNC-Lavalin graft case.
When the petition by T P Nanda Kumar, Chief Editor 'Crime magazine' came up before Justice ML Francis Joseph, he recused himself.
The petitioner had challenged the order of discharge by CBI special court, Thiruvananthapuram, against Vijayan and six others.
The CBI Special court had on November 5 discharged Vijayan, former power minster and six others from the alleged Rs 375 crore SNC Lavalin graft case.
It stated that the CBI had failed to establish the fraudulent intention, abuse of official position, criminal conspiracy and element of cheating in connection with the award of contract to Canadian company SNC Lavalin for renovating three hydel projects in the state.
Justice Joseph is the fourth judge in the High Court to do it. Earlier, Justices Thomas P Jospeh, K Harilal and Harun Al Rashid had recused themselves from hearing the applications against Vijayan.
On earlier occasions, the case came up before the same bench and it was adjourned awaiting revision by CBI.
However, CBI has not filed any revision petition challenging the order of discharge in favour of Vijayan and others.