Anti-corruption investigators handling the bar licence renewal bribery case would soon be “constrained to take a considered decision” on whether or not to question Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in connection with the probe.
Racing to meet a fast-approaching deadline to finalise the case, it was legally and morally imperative that the agency cross-checked, at the earliest, Kerala Congress (B) leader R. Balakrishna Pillai’s accusation that he had informed the Chief Minster of the alleged offence in November last year and little had been done to prevent it, officials said. Moreover, Kerala Bar Hotel Association working president Biju Ramesh’s statement that the hoteliers had met Finance Minister K.M. Mani at the instance of the Chief Minister required verification.
The agency confirmed that it had on Friday recorded, yet again, what Mr. Mani had to state about the allegations.
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