New Delhi : The Supreme Court today refused to allow a CBI probe into the sensational Bar Bribery case that forced veteran legislator and KC(M) supremo KM Mani to step down in Nov 2015.
The ruling came following a plea submitted by state BJP leader Nobel Mathew seeking investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigations(CBI).
The bench comprising Justice R Banumati and Ranjan Goswami cited ongoing vigilance probe to dismiss Mathew’s petition.
Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to vigilance granting Mani a clean chit as example of “adjustment politics thriving in the state”.
Vigilance has dropped charges against Mani saying there was lack of evidence to the alleged deal.
Mani was accused receiving bribe of Rs. 1 crore from liquor bar owners to re-open 418 bars closed on the eve of 2014 Lok Sabha elections from failure to meet stipulated standards stated in govt’s new order
Biju Ramesh, owner of bar chains in Thiruvananthapuram was the first to blow whistle alleging that the Bar Association offered Rs. 5 crore for reversing the order.
The Kerala High Court sought a report on the issue within 45 days from the Vigilance.
Presently, case with vigilance is on the fag-end unable to cite any wrong doing.
However Biju says he will move upper judiciary since he had provided sufficient evidence to prove charges.