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Court to consider bar scam case today

Court to consider bar scam case today

Thiruvananthapuram: A special court here will consider the bar bribery case against Finance Minister K.M. Mani on Friday.

The Special Vigilance Court here will consider all records related to a scandal linked to Mani apparently to close the case.

The case began in October 2014 when a whistle blower bar owner, Biju Ramesh, alleged that Mani was given Rs.1 crore as bribe by the Kerala Bar Owners to see that the 418 bars that were shut could reopen.

After opposition leader V.S. Acuthanandan wrote to the vigilance director, the Kerala government ordered a vigilance probe against Mani and a case was registered naming the minister as the first accused.

After seven months of probe, the vigilance department said there were not enough evidences against Mani and it filed a closure report to the special court which told the vigilance department to produce all records related to a scandal.

The issue found an echo in the Kerala assembly where Speaker N. Sakthan was forced to adjourn the house after the opposition created an uproar.

Achuthanandan thundered that he would not let Mani and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy - who he said was trying to exonerate Mani - to go scot free and vowed to pursue the case.

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