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Vigilance court orders police to register case against Excise Minister K. Babu in bar bribery case

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016,12:48 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thrissur | The Vigilance court, Thrissur, has asked the investigating agency to register case against Excise Minister K. Babu in the bar bribery case.

The court has also directed an inquiry against abkari Biju Ramesh.

The court has instructed the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) to file the report within a month.

The investigation team, which was supposed to submit the quick verification report at Vigilance Court on January 23, sought more time Saturday.

It provoked the court, which unleashed vehement criticism on the advocate representing the investigating officer.

It asked the vigilance to submit an FIR, not a quick verification report, within one month. The court made it clear that further inquiry should be conducted under its supervision.

The court asked the vigilance advocate what the probe team was doing in the meantime. It asked if they have searched the minister’s house and assets. It also asked if the person who claimed to have paid bribe to the minister or the alleged recipient were questioned.

“Do you want the vigilance court wind up because evidence is submitted to the Lokayukta,?” the judge asked the advocate.

It also said the vigilance’s actions are a mockery of the court.

The court observed that the investigating agency does not have sincerity and integrity.

The court ordered quick verification against K. Babu on December 9. The court order was based on a petition calling for filing a case charging K. Babu as first accused, and Biju Ramesh as second accused in the bar bribery scam.

The petitioner, George Vattakkulam, a social activist, approached the court following an allegation by Biju that he paid Rs. 50 crores as bribe to the Minister to get bar license.
Thrissur | The Vigilance court, Thrissur, has asked the investigating agency to register case against Excise Minister K. Babu in the bar bribery case.

The court has also directed an inquiry against abkari Biju Ramesh.

The court has instructed the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) to file the report within a month.

The investigation team, which was supposed to submit the quick verification report at Vigilance Court on January 23, sought more time Saturday.

It provoked the court, which unleashed vehement criticism on the advocate representing the investigating officer.

It asked the vigilance to submit an FIR, not a quick verification report, within one month. The court made it clear that further inquiry should be conducted under its supervision.

The court asked the vigilance advocate what the probe team was doing in the meantime. It asked if they have searched the minister’s house and assets. It also asked if the person who claimed to have paid bribe to the minister or the alleged recipient were questioned.

“Do you want the vigilance court wind up because evidence is submitted to the Lokayukta,?” the judge asked the advocate.

It also said the vigilance’s actions are a mockery of the court.

The court observed that the investigating agency does not have sincerity and integrity.

The court ordered quick verification against K. Babu on December 9. The court order was based on a petition calling for filing a case charging K. Babu as first accused, and Biju Ramesh as second accused in the bar bribery scam.

The petitioner, George Vattakkulam, a social activist, approached the court following an allegation by Biju that he paid Rs. 50 crores as bribe to the Minister to get bar license.