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Bar bribery case resurfaces

Kochi: The CBI is looking forward to the decision of the Supreme Court regardingreopening of the Bar corruption case, media reports said.
The investigating agency in an affidavit has informed the court that there are no hurdles on its path in probing the case involving late Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani of the Congress-led UDF government in Kerala.
The Apex Court had once rejected the plea to reopen the case.
A private individual had moved the court seeking a probe against the late minister’s son and Kerala Congress leader Jose K Mani whose party is now with the ruling Left government.
The Kerala Bar Hotel Owners Association President Biju Ramesh had accused late Finance Minister Mani of accepting Rs 5 crore bribe for opening 418 bars.
The petitioner sought investigation into the role of former Congress ministers Ramesh Chennithala, V S Sivakumar and K Babu, the report said.
There were also charges against present Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of stalling the probe.
In 2015, the Vigilance and anti-corruption bureau of Kerala filed a case against K M Mani in connection with the case.
Later, a special court acquitted Mani and others accused in the case for want of evidence.

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