In connection with the production of fake evidence in the bar bribery case, the High Court has ordered to initiate further action against businessman Biju Ramesh. Moreover, the Court directed the Thiruvananthapuram First Class Magistrate to accept the complaint in this matter.
Petitioner Sreejith Sreedharan from Thiruvananthapuram had approached the Magistrate Court against Biju Ramesh, stating that the hotelier had produced doctored audio clips. However, the magistrate rejected Sreejith’s plea stating that no legal action can be taken against Biju in this regard. Later, Sreejith approached the High Court, which produced a favourable verdict.
Earlier, the CD produced by Biju Ramesh before the Vigilance had led to controversies. The audio was allegedly recorded during the meeting of bar owners and the hotelier produced it while giving a confidential statement. However, later, after a further inspection following counter petitions, the Vigilance had found that the audio clip had been doctored.
Biju Ramesh is a former office-bearer of the Kerala Bar Hotel Association (KBHA), who had raised allegations claiming that bribes were paid in 2015 to speed up nearly 300 bars’ relicensing after it was closed by the then Oommen Chandy government.