Bar bribery case : Court dismisses vigilance clean-chit to KM Mani

Kochi : Veteran politician and Pala MLA is back in the dock, after the special court on Tuesday dismissed the investigation report acquitting KM Mani in the sensational bar bribery case.

With this the probe into the case will run it’s due course with all the accompanying headaches for Mani.

The court ruled that the case will run in line with new amendment to Prevention of Corruption Act i.e. vigilance department will need govt approval to investigate complaints.

The bench added that it will resume hearing on December 10 after vigilance works out approval from govt.

The Vigilance dept in March of 2017 discharged KM Mani from involvement in the bribery case, where bar owners alleged they paid Rs 1 crore to him for reopening 418 bars shut under UDF regime.

A few petitioners including VS Achuthanandan approached the vigilance court challenging the acquittal.

 

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