THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance court has postponed to April 30 the hearing on the further investigation report prepared by Vigilance S P Sukesan, acquitting former finance minister K M Mani in the bar bribery case. As it was a holiday for the court, the information was given through a special notification.
Sukesan had submitted the further probe report after rejecting the initial finding that Mani took Rs 25 lakh as bribe in two instalments. The court will also be considering the petition filed by others including Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, demanding rejection of the further investigation report.
The high court had rejected the petition filed by Mani last week, seeking to stop further Vigilance court procedures. The court had said that the Vigilance court could go ahead with procedures including trial.
Mani had approached the high court with the above demand as investigation official Sukesan was facing Crime Branch investigation. The court had also rebuked the government for not submitting the evidence in Sukesan’s case.