Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Congress(M) leader and Finance Minister K M Mani today urged the Government to not prepare the charge sheet against him, in connection with the bar bribe case, based on a report on lie detector test conducted on Ambili, the driver of bar owner Biju Ramesh.
Talking to newspersons here, K M Mani said if the Vigilance prepares charge sheet against him as part of a political agenda to tarnish his image, its consequence will be harsh.
He also demanded action against the Vigilance officials responsible for the leakage of lie detector test report to the media. The report was submitted to the court in a sealed cover, he added.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the Crime Branch initiated an inquiry into the leakage of the report by the Vigilance officials.
Defending the statement of Ambili, who said he had seen the handing over of bribe to K M Mani to reopen the closed bars in the state, the Kerala Congress (M) party sources claimed that the lie detector test report is not a legal evidence in such politically motivated cases.
VS says K M Mani threatening Govt, Vigilance
Thiruvananthapuram | Opposition leader in Kerala Assembly V S Achuthanandan today alleged that Kerala Congress (M) leader K M Mani, who is also the Finance Minister, is threatening the Government and the Vigilance department, probing the bar-bribe case.
Talking to newspersons here, he said the Government and the Vigilance department were trying to save Mani from the case due to political pressure from the KC(M), the second largest ally of the Congress-led UDF Government in the State.
Demanding the resignation of the Finance Minister in connection with the bribe case, he alleged that Ambili, the driver of bar owner Biju Ramesh, had given statement against the Minister in the case.
The crime branch inquiry into the leakage of lie detector test report can not be accepted as it was aimed at sabotaging the case, he alleged.
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