Kerala HM admits to external pressure in bar bribery case

Monday, Jun 29, 2015,19:07 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennitala today told the State Assembly that he was under immense pressure from Congress Party and the UDF in the bar bribery case but did not succumb to the pressure.
The Minister admitted this when CPI(M) member A K Balan quoted a remark by the Minister in his facebook account, saying that he was under immense pressure in connection with the bar bribery case.
Though I was under pressure, it did not affect the investigation at any level as there was no effort from the Government to interfere in the case by the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB).
Following the Minister’s comment, the entire Opposition raised slogans against Finance Minister K M Mani, who allegedly collected bribe from bar owners to reopen the closed bars in the State.
The Minister said the case was investigated by a sincere and efficient officer, VACB Director Vinson M Paul. The media report about VACB Director’s recommendation that case should not be charged against K M Mani is baseless. Such a report was not submitted to the court by the VACB Director, he added.