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Bar bribe case: Biju Ramesh names three ministers in his statement

Bar bribe case: Biju Ramesh names three ministers in his statement

Thiruvananthapuram: Whistleblower Biju Ramesh appeared to create more trouble for the Oommen Chandy government on Monday by levelling more allegations, this time against three Congress ministers in the bar bribes case.

Biju, who alleged Finance Minister K M Mani took a bribe of Rs. 1 crore, appeared before a magistrate and gave a statement against three ministers including Excise Minister K Babu.

"All along when I raised the bribe charges, I was challenged from several quarters to give evidence. I today (Monday) had an in-camera sitting and the magistrate took my 30-page statement. I have not only said but also given audio evidence to substantiate my allegations which include not just Mani but three other state ministers also," said Ramesh soon after he emerged after a three-and-a-half hours session before the magistrate.

Although Biju revealed the name of Babu, he refused to reveal the other two ministers named in the statement.

The Bar Hotel Owners Association working president also alleged threats to his life and family.

He said he had full faith in the judiciary. "First I was threatened, then when I failed to yield, they started cajoling me requesting me not to appear before the magistrate to give the statement. Now I feel a lot relieved that I have done my job. I did this so as to help the investigation that's already going on in the case," he said.

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