Kerala FM faces more bribery allegations

Kerala FM faces more bribery allegations

Beleaguered Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani faced more opposition heat on Tuesday as a CPI(M) MLA levelled fresh corruption allegations against him in the state Assembly.

V Sivankutty, the MLA from Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram, alleged that the Finance Minister stayed revenue recovery procedures initiated against 211 traders after accepting Rs 11.61 crore from the traders.

Later, Sivankutty told reporters that the minister, who also heads the Law Ministry, breached provisions under the Kerala Revenue Recovery Act in issuing the stay on recovery of close to Rs 116 crore from the traders.

The MLA listed traders and business houses that allegedly benefited from Mani’s involvement in the matter. Sivankutty also sought a high-level probe into the sources of wealth amassed by the minister and his family over the past five decades.

The MLA alleged that the minister, through mediators, also tried to strike a compromise deal with Biju Ramesh, working president of Kerala Bar Hotel Owners Association, in the bar bribery row.

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