The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday decided to hold a quick verification probe against Excise minister K Babu, facing bribery charges in the bar scam, even as probe officials visited the compound of the residence of Finance Minister KM Mani, who is also under a cloud.
Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani on Monday dismissed media reports that he and the Finance Department were not in favour of using the services of Metro man E Sreedharan for constructing the Mass Rapid Transit Systems in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.
Pressing for an immediate ban on rubber imports to save domestic cultivators from falling prices, Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani on Wednesday demanded the Centre to allocate Rs 500 crore for Stabilisation Fund to procure excess rubber locally.
Intensifying their agitation against state Finance Minister KM Mani, facing bribery allegations, CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front today laid a siege in front of the state secretariat here, pressing for his resignation.
Describing as fake a letter shown by TV channels on Monday accusing Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani`s son Jose K Mani and other politicians of exploiting her, Saritha Nair, accused in the solar panel scam in Kerala, said on Tuesday that she will show the original letter that she has written.
Amid turbulence in Kerala Congress (M), with its supremo and Finance Minister KM Mani demanding removal of his party colleague P C George as government Chief Whip, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday said a decision on the issue would be taken in a few days.
Indicating chinks in the Congress in Kerala over protecting Finance Minister KM Mani, facing bribery charges in the bar scam, a senior party leader on Wednesday suggested the FM takes rest as he has gone through huge physical and mental strain in the past few months and that the Chief Minister temporarily take over the portfolio.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday conveyed outrage to Pakistan on LeT terrorist and 26/11 plotter Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's release order, saying that it will pose a threat that cannot be ignored.
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The Kerala High Court today stayed the proceedings against Working president of Kerala Bar Hotel Owners Association Biju Ramesh before the Lokayukta in the bar-bribery case allegedly involving Finance Minister KM Mani.
Confrontation between ruling UDF and LDF Opposition is on the cards in Kerala Assembly on budget day on friday over the bar bribery issue, with the government asserting that budget will be presented as scheduled by Finance Minister K M Mani.
Bar bribery issue continued to rock Kerala Assembly on Thursday with CPI-M led LDF Opposition members disrupting proceedings and staging sit-in at the well of the House stressing their demand for resignation of Finace Minister KM Mani over matter.
Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani on Wednesday filed a defamation case seeking Rs 10 crore as damages against whistle-blower bar owner Biju Ramesh who had accused him of accepting Rs 1 crore for re-opening shut down bars.
The CPI-M-led LDF Opposition Tuesday staged a walkout in the Assembly demanding resignation of State Finance Minister K M Mani over the bar bribery issue and alleged that the government was trying to sabotage the case against him.
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja on Saturday said Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani`s position has become untenable following the bribery allegations levelled against him, and added that the latter should step down from his post.
As part of its plan to intensify stir against Finance Minister K M Mani seeking his resignation in the bar bribery case, CPI(M)-led LDF today decided to organise a protest march to the state Assembly here on March 13 when the budget is to be presented.