Ramesh Chennithala | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government will seek the permission of the Governor to conduct Vigilance probe against Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala in connection with bar bribery case.
Hotelier Biju Ramesh had alleged that Chennithala received Rs 1 crore as bribe when he was the KPCC President. Raj Bhavan is doubtful whether Governor's permission is required for enquiry into the matter.
The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act states that while conducting investigation against former minister, permission has to be sought from their appointing-authority Governor. But the allegation dates back to when he was KPCC President not a minister.
The government will seek legal advice to know whether Governor’s permission is required to initiate probe against Chennithala.
Apart from Chennithala, a probe is being conducted against VS Sivakumar and K Babu who are former ministers. A probe against them requires Governor’s permission. It is expected that the file seeking permission for a probe, which is presently with the secretary of home department, will be sent to Governor today.