Biju Ramesh, Jose K Mani | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Businessman Biju Ramesh has revealed that Jose K Mani offered him Rs 10 crore to withdraw the bar bribery allegation.
Biju Ramesh added that he had not held any conspiracy with political parties and that he lost huge amounts of money after raising the allegation. Congress haunted me and my family, Biju Ramesh said.
"Jose K Mani had contacted me requesting to tell the media that the allegations were not true. He offered to do anything in return. A mail was sent by John Kallatt stating what should be told to the media. I received death threats for not withdrawing the allegations," Biju Ramesh revealed.
Jose K Mani said that there was political controversy behind the case, but that is not true. After the allegation, a discussion was held with Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and Pinarayi Vijayan. Then I was told that K M Mani would have joined LDF, if the allegation was not raised. But I was not aware of this. If I knew it, I wouldn't have raised the allegation, Biju Ramesh said.
I came to know that if the case had surfaced, K M Mani would have been the chief minister. Then the bars would have opened. LDF need not ally with corrupt people as the government functioned in the right way. The previous UDF government viewed businessmen as cash cows, Biju Ramesh added.
This LDF government has not exploited us. But things are likely to change as Jose K Mani has joined the LDF. I gave money to many as directed by K Babu. Rs 50 lakh was given at K Babu's office and Rs 1 crore was given at Ramesh Chennithala's office. Rs 25 lakh was delivered at V S Sivakumar's house, Biju Ramesh revealed.