THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Bar Hotels Association (KBHA) state president D Rajkumar alias Unni gave statement to the Vigilance team probing the bar bribe case on Monday.
The probe team led by SP R Sukesan recorded Rajkumar’s statement. It began at 11 a.m. and ended around 9 p.m. Rajkumar arrived at the Vigilance office in the company of another office-bearer of the association Krishnadas.
Rajkumar later refused to reveal the content of his statement to the media citing it was inappropriate.
Vigilance officials were also tightlipped on the statement.
They hinted that Rajkumar did not take a clear cut stand on Biju Ramesh’s allegations against Finance Minister K M Mani. The officials played the audio records handed over by Biju Ramesh to them. Biju had claimed that the recording was of an informal meeting of the KBHA which discussed the bribe issue.
The recording was made public by Biju earlier. In the conversation, a voice, which Biju claimed was that of Rajkumar, is heard threatening to reveal the names of four Congress Ministers who took bribe.
Rajkumar’s statement would be crucial in the case as Biju had alleged that he was part of the team that visited Mani at his residence in Palai to hand over an instalment of the bribe.