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Kochi: The High Court on Wednesday deferred till February second week the hearing on a CBI revision petition in the SNC Lavalin case.
The court that had earlier decided continuous sittings from January 4 till January 12 in the case adjourned the proceedings as Additional Solicitor General of India K.N. Natarajan, who appears for the CBI, failed to appear before the court.
On Wednesday, the CBI sought adjournment of the hearing as the ASG had to appear in another court in connection with another case.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was an accused in the case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, but a special court here exonerated him in 2013.
The CBI then approached the High Court against the exoneration.
The case pertains to an agreement with Canadian company SNC Lavalin in 1997, when Vijayan was the state Power Minister, to repair three generators, which allegedly caused a loss of Rs 266 crore to the exchequer.
Vijayan was arraigned by the CBI as the seventh accused in the case, leading to a political furore.