Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bar bribery case: Will Vigilance inquiry be fair? asks HC

KOCHI Kerala High Court on Saturday made an oral observation whether the Vigilance’ probe in bar bribery case would be a fair one. Justice Sudheendran asked if it was not better to hand over the case to the CBI.  

“Vigilance is working under the Kerala government and as that is the case, will the truth come out if the Vigilance conduct the probe,” the court expressed doubts. The court was considering the revision petition filed by Advocate Sunny Mathew, pleading to make him also a party in the case. The petitioner argued that the high court had taken a stand without hearing Mani’s arguments.  
In another context, the court said Chief Minister Oomen Chandy had publically given a clean chit to K M Mani, an accused in the bar bribery case. “In that case, how credible is the Vigilance inquiry?” the court asked.

The court’s above stand was opposed by government advocate general K P Dandapani. He said there was no need for a CBI inquiry into the case. He also argued that before ordering a CBI inquiry, if need be, the court should hear the government’s detailed argument.

However, the court asked the AG to inform its stand when the case would be considered again in the afternoon.     

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