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Kerala minister reveals pressure in bar bribery investigation

R Sukeshan, superintendent of police, who headed the vigilance investigation team had also earlier alleged pressure on him.



By T K Devasla

Published: Tue 30 Jun 2015, 9:12 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:59 PM

Trivandrum — Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has stirred a hornet’s nest by revealing that pressure was mounted on him in the bar bribery scam that rattled the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government.

The minister, who is also in-charge of vigilance, revealed this while replying to a notice moved by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) for an adjournment motion in the state Assembly on Monday on the Vigilance director’s decision not to prosecute Finance Minister K M Mani in the case.

R Sukeshan, superintendent of police, who headed the vigilance investigation team had also earlier alleged pressure on him. There were reports that he had even contemplated suicide when the pressure became unbearable.

The opposition has described the home minister’s revelation as a vindication of their allegations that the vigilance had torpedoed the probe into the allegation that Mani had received a bribe of Rs10 million from bar owners for reopening closed bars and walked out of the assembly.

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