The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) to expedite the probe into the complaint that Finance Minister K M Mani accepted bribe to renew liquor licence of hotels.
In the progress report submitted in the court, VACB said it had not so far obtained any evidence to substantiate money transactions in the alleged corruption case. The VACB told the court that the statements of 13 witnesses have to be recorded. The statements of 19 witnesses had been reported, but none of them had told the investigating agency that Mani had taken bribe.
The VACB submitted the report in the court in a petition filed by CPI legislator V S Sunil Kumar that the agency should be directed to expedite the investigation in a week.
Advocate-General K P Dandapani told the court that the bar hotel association working president Biju Ramesh, who raised the allegation against the minister, had gone back from his earlier stand. Many key witnesses in the complaint had not so far deposed before the VACB.