THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has ordered a Crime Branch probe against Vigilance SP R Sukesan who is alleged to have conspired with Kerala Bar Hotels Association working president Biju Ramesh in the corruption case against former Finance Minister K M Mani. The order followed a recommendation by Vigilance Director ADGP N Shanker Reddy.
The sound recording which the ADGP stated as evidence in his letter is a portion of Biju Ramesh’s address at the meeting of the Kerala Bar Hotels Association at its office in Ernakulam. This conversation was part of the sound recording submitted by Biju Ramesh while giving a statement under CrPC 164 to the magistrate here earlier.
In the recording, Biju Ramesh reportedly reveals that his comments to the media after the statement recording were as per the advice of Sukesan. He is also heard telling the meeting that Sukesan was anti-government and known to him. He also shared the details of the investigation which were given by Sukesan.
Chennithala asked Crime Branch head ADGP S Ananthakrishnan to entrust the probe to an officer of his choice. Meanwhile, Chennithala has sent a legal notice to Biju Ramesh on the corruption allegation raised by him. Chennithala asked Biju Ramesh to withdraw his statement and tender an apology failing which civil and criminal steps would be taken.