Report9 : The Congress-led government in Kerala on Monday suffered a setback after the high court upheld the vigilance court’s order to conduct further probe into bar bribery case in which Finance Minister K M Mani is involved.
The government had last week appealed the high court seeking to quash the vigilance court order for further probe into the bar bribery case against K Mani. With the high court refusing to stay the vigilance court’ order, the demand for Mani’s ouster would gain momentum within the ruling front.
Observing that Caesar’s wife should be above suspicion, high court judge B Kamal Pasha asked why the government was worried about further probe into the case. The court flayed the government for spending tax payers’ money to defend a minister who is facing corruption charges.
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Congress spokesman Rajmohan Unnithan said the party executive would discuss the issue in the executive committee later this week.
After the civic poll results were out last week, several Congress leaders have said in public that the bar bribery scandal was a major factor that contributed for the ruling front’s rout in the civic polls. Many leaders have openly demanded the resignation of Mani in the wake of the poll debacle. With the high court refusing to entertain the demand of the government, Congress would raise a clamour for Mani’s exit.