No evidence against K.M Mani in bar bribery case: Vigilance

The Vigilance Bureau submitted in a special court in Thiruvananthapuram that there was no proof against Kerala Congress (M) leader and former state finance minister K.M Mani in the controversial bar bribery case.

This is the third time that the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB) has submitted such a report.

The bureau had submitted two reports during the UDF rule stating that there was no evidence that Mani received bribes.

The latest report was submitted by VACB Superintendent of Police K.E Baiju of Special Investigation Unit-l of Thiruvananthapuram in the special vigilance court.

Vigilance sources said it was a “refer report” to close the case against Mani, who served as the finance minister in the UDF ministry led by Oommen Chandy, for want of evidence.

Mani had resigned on November 10, 2015 following the Kerala High Court’s observations in the case.

The Vigilance court had issued an order in August, 2016 for a fresh probe into the case. The High Court in January this year had asked the vigilance to submit a report on a further probe in the case within 45 days.

The case relates to the charge by Kerala State Bar Hotel Owners Association that it had paid Rs one crore bribe to Mani for getting a favourable decision to reopen closed bars in 2013-14.

The bribe charge was raised by the association’s Working President Biju Ramesh.


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