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Kerala bar bribery case: ‘Legal advisor favoured accused minister’

VACB SP R Sukeshan in an interview with a TV channel reportedly stated 60 per cent of evidence was against Mani, which was enough to file the chargesheet against him.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: June 21, 2015 1:57:13 am
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The Vigilance officer, who probed into the bar bribery case, has stated that there was enough evidence to chargesheet Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani, but the legal advisor adopted a contradictory stand under duress from the Church.

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Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB) SP R Sukeshan in an interview with a TV channel reportedly stated 60 per cent of evidence was against Mani, which was enough to file the chargesheet against him. There is evidence to show that the bar owners had gone to Mani’s house in Pala to give money, but the bar owners haven’t given any statement to substantiate that point. “There is A to Z evidence against Mani. But none has admitted that,” said Sukeshan.

He said Vigilance Legal Advisor C C Augustine gave a report favouring Mani due to the influence of the Church. “I have learnt that there was pressure from priests.”

Sukeshan said his report should be published on the internet. “My factual report should be made public by uploading in the internet. Let everyone, including the retired judges review my report.”

Earlier, Augustine had earlier given an advice to the Vigilance that charge sheet against Mani would not stand for want of enough evidence.

Augustine said he does not understand which circumstances the SP has stated that he had favoured Mani under the pressure from the Church. “I have given the report after detailed perusal. It was part of my job. The SP had not talked me over this issue. Nobody exerted pressure on me. I am mulling to file defamation suit against those had stated that I gave an advice against charge sheeting Mani due to Church pressure,’’ said Augustine.

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