SC to consider Lavalin, gold smuggling cases on Oct 20


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New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India will consider the petitions related to the Lavalin case on Thursday. The apex court had adjourned these pleas more than 30 times. A bench including Chief Justice UU Lalit and Bela M Trivedi will hear the pleas. The bench headed by the Chief Justice will also consider the plea seeking the transfer of diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case to Karnataka on the same day.

Hence, October 20, Thursday will be a crucial day for Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who is facing allegations in both cases.

Petitions related to the SNC Lavalin case are listed as the 8th case of the bench chaired by the CJI. Earlier, CJI UU Lalit had declared that the petitions related to Lavalin will be heard on September 13. But, he failed to consider the plea as he was in charge of the constitution bench.

CBI had approached the apex court against the special court order which acquitted Pinarayi Vijayan from the charges in the Lavalin case. Along with this plea, the SC will consider the pleas moved by K Kasturiranga Iyer, R Sivadasan and KG Rajasekharan Nair. In their plea, the trio requested the court to remove their name from the list of accused in the case.

The Enforcement Directorate had approached SC seeking to transfer the gold smuggling case to Karnataka. The apex court will consider the plea as the 30th case on Thursday. Earlier, the bench headed by the Chief Justice declared that the final verdict on the ED’s plea will be pronounced after hearing the arguments.

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