UDF Decides Not To Accept Kerala Excise Minister K Babu's Resignation

Thiruvananthapuram: Jan 30; The ruling Congress-led UDF on Saturday decided not to accept the resignation of Excise Minister K Babu, who had quit in the wake of the vigilance court ordering registration of an FIR against him in the bar bribery case.

The decision was taken at a meeting attended by senior leaders including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and other coalition party leaders.

The meeting decided that there was no need for Babu to resign as the High Court had stayed the vigilance court proceedings against him for two months.

After the Vigilance Court had ordered registering of FIR against Babu, he had resigned on January 23. However, the Chief Minister had not accepted his resignation so far.

The meeting also urged that former Finance Minister K M Mani, who had resigned after the High Court made some strong observations against him in the bar bribery case, to come back to the cabinet, UDF convener P P Thankachan told reporters after the meeting.

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