High Court refuses KM Mani’s petition to stay vigilance court proceedings in Bar bribery case

Friday, Apr 8, 2016,12:30 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Kerala High Court has rejected KM Mani’s request to stay investigation by Vigilance Court Thiruvananthapuram in the Bar bribery case against him until a probe against SP R Sukeshan, who is the investigating officer of the case, is completed.

The court observed that the evidence submitted by Government counsel is not enough to grant a stay in the vigilance court proceedings against Mani.

The court made it clear that Vigilance court can go forward with its investigations.

Vigilance court’s next hearing of a case against KM Mani in the bar bribery case is set for April 16.

While considering the petition filed by Mani on Friday, the High Court raised strong objections over the Crime Branch’s inability to produce evidence against the investigating officer.

The government could only submit a CD containing the conversation between bar owner Biju Ramesh and SP Sukesan to the court.

The High Court expressed doubt over the authenticity of a Crime Branch report against SP R Sukeshan.

The court asked government counsel why it did not file a FIR against Sukeshan if it had evidence against him.

The Court even asked the government if it is trying to create a smokescreen in the case, which had attracted much public attention, especially at a time the state is heading for the Assembly election.