Bar bribe row: KC(B) to remain in UDF, but continue to fight against graft

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015,20:06 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | A day after Congress led ruling UDF asked Kerala Congress(B) leader R Balakrishna Pillai to rectify his mistakes to remain in the Front, the veteran leader today said he had not done anything wrong. He said he had only brought to the notice of the Chief Minister the graft allegations including bar bribery.
Pillai was accused of violating coalition dharma by discussing details of the bar bribery case with a bar owner and extending support to him to go ahead with the graft charges against Finance Minister K M Mani. A sulking Pillai said he would remain in the Front, but would not attend coalition meetings and continue his fight against corruption.
He wanted the bar bribery scam against Mani to be investigated by an independent agency. He said it was the UDF leadership and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that humiliated him in public. Pillai, a former state minister who was convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in a corruption case in 2011, said he had given in writing to the Front certain graft charges against two ministers, but no follow up action was taken.
Pillai became persona non grata for UDF leaders after a telephonic conversation between him and Biju Ramesh, a bar owner, came out in the media where the Pillai was reportedly heard asking Ramesh to go ahead with his graft charges against Mani.
A minor constituent in the UDF, KC(B)’s lone legislator K B Ganesh Kumar was forced to resign from the ministry last year facing allegations of domestic discord. After the case against his son was settled, Pillai had been pressing for his reinstatement as Minister, a demand that had been ignored by Chandy.