Kerala HC Moved Against Kerala Finance Minister

Published on: 25 Feb, 2015
Published under: General Kerala News, Politics News Kerala

Kerala High Court moved mgainst Kerala Finance Minister over alleged provision of ‘illegal’ tax benefits to poultry trading companies and ayurvedic medicine manufacturers. The court has been moved challenging a vigilance court order dismissing a corruption complaint against state Finance Minister KM Mani.

When the petition by advocate Noble Mathew came up today, Justice CT Ravikumar, after preliminary hearing, deferred it with a direction to Advocate General KP Dandapani to inform the government’s view.

The petitioner has alleged that Mr Mani provided illegal tax benefits to poultry trading companies and ayurvedic medicine manufacturers, causing huge loss to the public exchequer. He had earlier filed a complaint against Mr Mani before the Vigilance Court in Kottayam, alleging that Mani received bribe from them for giving the tax discount.

Pointing out that enhancement of tax for these two items were upheld by the high court and the Supreme Court, he had alleged KM Mani in an arbitrary manner reduced the tax to favour the beneficiaries.

The Vigilance Court, Kottayam, had dismissed the petition on November 28 last year, citing lack of jurisdiction. Challenging this, the petitioner has approached the high court.

The state Finance Minister KM Mani is also facing allegations of corruption in the bar bribery scam.


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