Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani Booked in Bar Bribery Case. Its a major embarrassment for the Kerala government.
In a real humiliation for the Oommen Chandy government in Kerala, state Finance Minister KM Mani was today occupied for pay off by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau.
A first data report or FIR has been recorded against Mr Mani in light of preparatory examinations concerning assertions that he acknowledged Rs. 1 crore as a major aspect of an arrangement to reestablish the licenses of 418 \"sub-standard\" bars that were shut in the state a year ago.
A month ago, Biju Ramesh, head of the Kerala Hotels and Bar Association, claimed on a TV show disclosed on a territorial channel that he was requested a reward of Rs. 5 crore consequently for recharging of licenses of the bars. Mr Ramesh further claimed that he paid piece of the total - Rs. 1 crore - to Mr Mani.
The Chief Minister had rejected the claims as "politically persuaded and a long way from the truth". Mr Mani has a place with the Kerala Congress (M) which is a key partner in the Chandy government.
The contention has ruled procedures in the progressing winter session of the state gathering with the Opposition requesting Mr Mani's acquiescence. It has additionally blamed the Chief Minister for protecting the charged for the situation.
A week ago, Deputy Leader of Opposition Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had even attempted to table a CD in the gathering purportedly conveying visual proof of budgetary exchange between Mr Mani and others. The Deputy Speaker didn't permit it since the CD had not been introduced for check before being tabled, as commanded by the guidelines of the House.
Mr Balakrishnan had asserted that "the driver of the auto bearing enlistment number KL01B 7878 had conveyed Rs. 15 lakh in real money at Mani\'s authority home here. He was trailed by two other people who gave over Rs. 35 lakh".
Mr Mani has denied all assertions against him.