In new audio, bar owners say home, excise, health ministers given bribes too

In the recording, bar hotel owners are heard discussing about the money they had paid to 3 Congress ministers.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: March 13, 2015 2:48 am
kerala bar bribery scandal, kerala, biju ramesh, kerala bar owners Biju Ramesh on his way to meeting vigilance officers. (Express)

Adding another twist to the bar bribery scandal, a fresh audio recording was revealed to the media in which bar hotel owners were heard discussing about the money they had paid to Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, Excise Minister K Babu and Health Minister VS Shivakumar.

Finance Minister K M Mani is already facing a Vigilance probe into the allegation that he had taken bribe for renewal of bar licences in Kerala. The bar hotel owners have resorted to the strategy of exerting pressure on the government by releasing the audio recordings, at different occasions.

Share This Article
Share
Related Article

In the latest audio, bar hotel owners association working president Biju Ramesh was heard discussing about the situation with others. Ramesh says that many had taken money from them (bar owners). If they come out, Chennithala would be in the dock, K Babu would be in the dock, Ramesh is heard saying. When another bar owner asks how Chennithala would land in trouble, Ramesh said they had gone to the KPCC office to hand over money to Chennithala.

Ramesh continued to explain that they had delivered Rs 25 lakh at the house of Shivakumar. He said they were forced to give the money. If everything is revealed, four or five ministers would have to quit and the ministry would collapse. If Chennithala and a few others become accused in corruption cases, next time LDF would easily win the elections.

At this juncture in the audio, another bar hotel owner (later identified as VA Radhakrishnan) recalled that “Sahib’’ called him from Delhi and asked whether he was going for the bar owners’ meeting. The owner was heard saying that the “Sahib’’ advised him not to make trouble. Besides, he found himself lucky in not accepting money from bar owners and returning the amount delivered to him.

Reacting to the latest audio release, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said it was an attempt to keep the issue in the limelight.

Bar hotel owner V A Radhakrishnan told the media that the person whom he had referred to as ‘Sahib’ was Industries Minister PK Kunhalikutty.

A few months back, Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan had alleged that Chennithala and Babu were involved the bar bribery scandal. Both ministers had then challenged Achuthanandan to bring out evidence against them.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. R. Balakrishnan
    Mar 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm
    Kerala embly shows us the difference between literacy and education.
    (0)(0)
    Reply
    1. M
      minie
      May 5, 2015 at 1:05 am
      One should remember that Ramesh chennithala is holding the vigilance portfolio now at this point of time when the vigilance has registered a case against K.M. Mani. Why is Ramesh chennithala hanging on to the vigilance portfolio when a vigilance enquiry is already going on against him in the anium case. Even the High Court said that, only if there is an investigation in the anium case, can it be ascertained whether ramesh chennithala is guilty or not in the anium case. Why is ramesh chennithala still hanging on shamelessly to the vigilance portfolio now also, even after the allegation made by Biju Ramesh in the bar bribery case. How can the vigilance department decide the veracity of an allegation against ramesh chennithala, when chennithala himself is holding the vigilance portfolio. How can it be conveniently decided that there need not be even an investigation against ramesh chennithala and his group minister Mr Sivakumar, while the minister from the A group alone, Mr K. Babu is being subject to an enquiry. The people of Kerala who are well-informed cannot be taken for a ride this easily. Why this double-standard in the case of ramesh chennithala. Or have the chennithala men managed to buy or silence the media also.
      (0)(0)
      Reply
      1. K
        kaparrama
        Mar 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm
        THIS JUDDICCIAL DECISION TO MAKE COALMOHHAN SINK PRIME CONSPIRATOR IN KOYALA LOOTTS IS A NICE TIGHT SLAP ON THAT UGLY FACE OF LOOTKI MATTAJI SONNIYYA AND RAUL BABA UNDER WHOSE GUIDENCE COALMOHHAN SINK SWINDELLED 1.86 LAKHHS OF KOYALLA RESOURCES...ITS HIGH TIME THAT NOT ONLY COALMOHHAN SINKK BUT ALSO RAUL AND SONNIYYA ARE THOROUGHLY INVESSTIGATED FOR SHARING LOOTTS FROM THIS LOOTERRA SARDAR AFTER WHICH,, THIS LOOTKI TIKADDI SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY KIKKED IN TIHHARR..
        (0)(0)
        Reply
        1. Raviforjustice Raviforjustice
          Mar 13, 2015 at 6:41 am
          When for CJI Sathasivam took over as Governor of Kerala I welcomed him through a letter which began with 'welcome to God's own country, with devil's own government'! It reflected an honest essment and anybody who watches the Government of Kerala for one month can come to the same conclusion himself!
          (0)(0)
          Reply