Monday, July 13, 2009

Karthikeyan began talks on Cancer Hospital

Exclusive: Former Kerala minister sought Lavalin favour

Shafi Rahman

New Delhi, July 10, 2009

Former Congress Minister G. Karthikeyan had sought quid-pro-quo assistance from the Canadian authorities for setting up a hospital for granting a project for refurbishment of Pallivasal, Shengulam and Panniyar Hydro electric stations in Kerala.

A letter written to Klaus Triendl, accused in the Lavalin scandal and then vice-president of Lavalin business operations, a copy of which is in possession of India Today, was shot off to assist Triendl’s discussions with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for availing the assistance.

The Congress so far had accused the CPI(M) of entering into quid-pr-quo agreement with the Lavalin for setting up a Cancer Hospital. The letter reveals that then UDF Government had also made efforts to get into such an agreement with Lavalin.

Interestingly, apart from the hospital, Karthikeyan went ahead and sought assistance for technical training college, water treatment plant, potable water system and rehabilitation of roads in the area. Karthikeyan’s letter was received by Lavalin’s corporate secretariat on March 28, 1996. The CBI, which looked into the case, had received rap from the Court for downplaying the part of the Congress leader in scandal.


(Keywords: ലാവലിന്‍ , കാര്‍ത്തികേയന്‍ , പിണറായി വിജയന്‍ , അഴിമതി)

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