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Exalogic’s Court Verdict: Is Veena on the Edge of Arrest?

Analyzing the Implications and Potential Risks Amidst Legal Uncertainty

Banglore: The concise verdict delivered on Friday dealt another blow to Veena Vijayan’s Exalogic. Hopes were pinned on an interim order today for a swift appeal, but the court’s single-line judgment dashed those expectations. Dismissing the petition, the ruling rendered earlier suggestions of avoiding arrest during the petition’s pendency irrelevant. With Veena already summoned for investigation, the Serious Fraud Investigation Agency (SFIO) now holds the authority to take action. The window for appeal opens only after the complete verdict tomorrow, meaning Monday is the earliest possible. The timeline leaves SFIO with three days to act potentially, heightening concerns for the Pinarayi family.

SFIO has issued multiple summons to Veena, though her responses remain undisclosed. Under the Department of Corporate Affairs, the agency retains the power to conduct raids and seize documents without cooperation. The only recourse is an appeal to the Supreme Court, with legal sources exploring options to approach the division bench of the Karnataka High court. However, with the verdict deferred to Monday, any action must wait. Questions linger about the feasibility of expediting the appeal process and applying pressure. Regardless, associates of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan fear SFIO’s potentially drastic measures.

Karnataka High Court’s Approval for Investigation

The court’s nod to the investigation undermines claims of a political vendetta by the BJP-led central government, dealing a blow to the CPM. Veena finds herself embroiled in controversy as dismissing her petition seeking to halt the SFIO probe into transactions with a private black sand company is a relief for the central government. Veena’s plea aims to secure an interim order blocking the investigation.

Justice M. Nagaprasanna’s bench swiftly rejected the demand, dismissing the petition outright. While complete judgment is awaited, the Central Government’s directive for an SFIO investigation against Exalogic Solutions Private Limited, Cochin Minerals, Rutayl Limited, and Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Limited. The petition filed on behalf of Exalogic sought to annul SFIO’s order, alleging arbitrariness and illegality. However, the Karnataka court dismissed these claims.

Rohit Sharma

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