Petition in SC to postpone appeals related to Lavalin case until hearing restarts in open court
New Delhi: A petition has been filed in Supreme Court seeking to postpone the hearing of petitions related to the SNC Lavalin case, which starts on Monday.
The petition was filed by advocate P. V. Saravanaraj, who is the advocate of former KSEB chairman R. Sivadas, one of the accused in the case.
Lavelin appeals were included in the list of petitions to be considered on Monday based on the mail sent by a person who had applied to join party in the case. This was first reported by Mathrubhumi News the other day. However, the petition filed by R. Sivadas’ advocate pointed out that the demand for expediting the hearing was put forward without their knowledge or consent.
It was stated, in the verdict pronounced by the court on April 1, that the Lavalin case would be considered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, when the detailed hearing of the case takes place. Contrary to this verdict, the petition was listed for Monday.
Currently, due to the lockdown, petitions are considered via video conferencing by the court. However, Sivadasan’s lawyer has also demanded that the case should be postponed until cases can be considered in an open court as a detailed hearing is necessary in the case. He also requested for a preparation time of six weeks before the commencement of detailed hearing in open court.
The petitions filed by those including Kasthuri Ranga Iyer against the court order and the appeal filed by CBI against the High Court order acquitting the accused, including Pinarayi Vijayan, will be considered by the court.
Petitions related to Lavalin case were considered by the bench chaired by Justice N. V. Ramanna. The petitions were listed in front of the bench led by Justice Ramanna 18 times in the past. However, the appeals listed for Monday will be considered by the bench comprising Justice U. U. Lalit and Vineeth Sankar.