CPI (M)-led Opposition on Tuesday raised fresh corruption charges against Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani, who is already facing Vigilance probe into the allegation that he had taken bribe to renew bar license.
Opposition legislator V Shivankutty alleged that Mani, chairman of Congress ally Kerala Congress (M), had taken bribe of Rs 27.43 crore from various business verticals to reduce their tax. Placing materials to substantiate his charges, Shivankutty said an Assembly panel should probe into the issue.
He said Mani used to raise the tax in the budget and then bargain with businessmen to reduce the tax proposals. The minister has taken Rs 5 crore from builders and another Rs 2 crore from stone quarrying units. Besides, he had taken Rs 6.40 crore from various business sectors promising to give stay on revenue recovery.
He also took money from bakery owners and petroleum dealers to help them enjoy the benefits of lower tax regime, said the CPI (M ) legislator.
The Opposition boycotted the assembly proceedings on Tuesday also after the Speaker denied permission to move adjournment motion on bar bribery issue, which has repeatedly disrupted the current assembly session.