Thiruvananthapuram: Left Democratic Front (LDF) convenor Vaikom Vishwan on Thursday demanded immediate resignation of Finance Minister K M Mani in the view of a case registered against the Kerala Congress (M) supremo by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in the bar bribe scam.
Talking to the media at a press conference here, Vishwan alleged that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was shielding the corrupt in his cabinet.
“The LDF had earlier hinted at corruption in the bar licence allocation. But the government, even after serious allegations of corruption, was hesitant to order a probe. Now since the Vigilance has found the issue worth to be registered as a case, Mani should put in his papers immediately,” Vishwan said.
He added that the LDF would take out a march to the Assembly on December 15 demanding Mani’s resignation.
In a major embarrassment to the Congress-led UDF government, KM Mani was booked by Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in the bar bribe scam.
The case was registered on the basis of statements given by some of those questioned by investigators as part of a preliminary inquiry into the allegation that he had taken a hefty sum as bribe from bar owners for decisions favourable to them.
Mani is away in New Delhi to attend a meeting of state finance ministers convened by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.