Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday had a debate with the Congress-led UDF within the state meeting over the bar bribery case, as the federal government introduced that it could study if a preliminary probe was wanted into allegations in opposition to Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala.
“Vigilance had performed a confidential probe into the allegation raised by bar proprietor Biju Ramesh that he had paid bribe to the then KPCC president, who’s now the Opposition Leader, for not growing the bar licence charges. The federal government is wanting into granting nod for a preliminary probe into the matter,” Mr Vijayan informed the Meeting in response to a query by DK Murali (CPI-M), searching for particulars of the probe in opposition to Ramesh Chennithala within the bar rip-off.
The chief minister additionally mentioned the congress chief had approached the Governor searching for to halt the probe in opposition to him and listed the names of different opposition MLAs who’re dealing with vigilance probe within the state.
Ramesh Chennithala mentioned the chief minister was making an attempt to tarnish the picture of the opposition and so they (Opposition members) had been least bothered about any investigation.
“The chief minister mentioned I had approached the Governor. That is proper. The incident was probed for the final 5 years. It was proved that the declare was incorrect.”
“The matter is below the consideration of the courtroom. It is utterly baseless. I’ve not taken any bribe from anybody. This can be a severe try and tarnish the picture of the opposition. We’re least bothered about any investigation,” Mr Chennithala mentioned.
Nevertheless, Mr Vijayan mentioned the Opposition was “irritated by the achievements” of the state since 2016. Individuals thought-about the present opposition as a curse to this land, the chief minister countered, including the entire state knew what occurred throughout 2011-16 when the UDF was in energy.
“The entire state is aware of that there was rampant corruption throughout that point. The opposition obtained a decent slap from the individuals of the state after the native physique elections. Please don’t query the frequent sense of the individuals of the state.”
“Individuals consider based mostly on their expertise. Those that are drowning in corruption circumstances are pointing their fingers at us,” Mr Vijayan mentioned.