Brewery permit: Court rejects government's arguments against Chennithala's plea

Ramesh Chennithala | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The Special Vigilance Court here rejected the argument of Kerala government over the former opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala's petition against sanctioning permit for distilleries and breweries in the state. The government counsel argued that Chennithala's petition will not have legal validity.

Ramesh Chennithala had filed a petition at Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance Court, alleging bribery in granting permits for distilleries and breweries during the first term of Pinarayi- led government.

When the court considered the petition on Saturday, the prosecution claimed that the petition is invalid. But the court scrapped the arguments of the prosecution. The court informed that a decision regarding the petition will be taken by the court itself after considering all the data submitted regarding the case.

Meanwhile, Ramesh Chennithala lodged one more petition at the court requesting to urge the revenue department for presenting all files related to the permits given for the breweries and distilleries in the state. The court will consider the petitions again on May 21.

Ramesh Chennithala had filed the petition at the Vigilance Court soon after the governor turned down his request for a Vigilance probe in the issue.

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