KOTTAYAM: The Vigilance has filed an FIR against former finance minister K M Mani and started investigation based on a complaint that he had allowed tax concession to a private institution, which allegedly resulted in the loss of Rs 1.86 crore to the State exchequer.
According to the complaint, Mani gave tax concession, with retrospective effect, to a private company that manufacture Lead Oxide (Lead Powder) used in batteries. The Vigilance Kochi unit will probe the case.
Meanwhile, Mani is also facing another allegation of corruption relating to the conduct of a mass wedding function. The Vigilance has ordered a Quick Verification against him in this case. This has come soon after the order for further investigation in the bar bribery case.
The mass wedding was conducted in October, 2014 at Kottayam Mamman Mappila Hall as part of the party’s Golden Jubilee celebration. 150 weddings were conducted on that day. In the complaint given by one Navaz, it is said that Mani had spent the bar bribe money to meet the expenses of the wedding. Each married couple was given five sovereign gold and one and a half lakh rupee. Couples were men and women selected from 14 districts.