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KM Mani gets clean chit from vigilance bureau in bar bribery case

The vigilance said there was not enough evidence to chargesheet Mani. The bar owners had gone to Mani's residence with the money but there is no evidence to prove that he had taken the bribe.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
July 8, 2015 11:54:41 am
bar bribery scandal, k m mani, mani bar bribery scandal, mani The vigilance said there was not enough evidence to chargesheet Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani.

The Kerala vigilance and anti-corruption bureau (VACB) on Wednesday gave a clean chit to Finance Minister KM Mani in its report to a special court on the bar bribery scandal.

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The VACB had registered a case against Mani after a quick verification report on the allegation that Mani had taken a bribe of Rs 1 crore to renew a bar licence. On Tuesday, the investigating officer had submitted the report seeking the court’s permission to close the case.

The vigilance said there was not enough evidence to chargesheet Mani. The bar owners had gone to Mani’s residence with the money but there is no evidence to prove that he had taken the bribe.

The bar hotel owners had mobilized funds, but some of the owners had given statements that the money was collected for fighting the ban in court.

The vigilance department said the documents pertaining to the issue were examined, but there is little to prove that Mani had tried to protect the interest of bar owners.

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