THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a major revelation, the Quick Verification report by Vigilance SP Sukesan R , who probed the Bar Bribery Scam, states that there was clear evidence that Finance Minister K M Mani had taken bribe from bar owners.
The report also said that there was much evidence to prove that Mani took bribe of Rs 15 lakh at Pala and Rs 10 lakh at his Thriuvananthapuram residence. In the report, Sukesan had also recommended prosecution of Mani in connection with the case.
However, this report was sidelined and the final report submitted before the court by the Vigilance said that there was no proof to show that the amount collected by the Bar owners was handed over to Mani for renewal of bar licenses.
In its report, submitted before the Vigilance court, the Vigilance also concluded that Mani had not taken any special interest favouring the bar hotel owners in the bar licence issue and the decision with regard to renewal of bar licenses was taken collectively by the government.