Thiruvananthapuram | The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB) today gave a clean chit to Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani stating, in its report to the Vigilance Court here, that there is no evidence against Mr Mani of demanding or accepting the bribe to re-open the closed 418 bars in the State.
The report said though the bar owners have collected Rs 15 lakh from their association, there is no proof to prove that this money was handed over to Mr Mani as bribe.
It was alleged the Finance Minister had collected bribe from the bar owners to re-open the closed bars in the State. The Opposition parties alleged the Government was protecting the Kerala Congress (M) leader and tainted minister, who is the leader of second largest ally of the Congress-led UDF Government in Kerala.
Earlier, the Opposition parties criticized Vigilance Director Vinson M Paul, who decided not to file case against Finance Minister KM Mani in bar bribe case based on a ‘fake legal opinion.’
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