Delivering the judgement on a petition by the vigilance additional DGP seeking a stay on the vigilance court order of October 29, Justice B Kemal Pasha said, 'Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.'
    
The court expunged the adverse remarks against vigilance director Vinson M Paul and justified the further probe ordered by the vigilance court. Senior Supreme Court advocate and former Union minister Kapil Sibal appeared in the court for the vigilance department this morning.
    
The Vigilance Court, Thiruvananthapuram, while ordering further probe into the bar bribery case, had observed that there are "sufficient materials for making out a prima facie case'.
    
Special Judge John K Illekadan had passed the order for further investigation while rejecting the final report of the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau to close the case against Mani.
    
'From an overall analysis of the materials available on records and from the events which followed in quick succession in the case, it can be seen that there are sufficient materials for making out a prima facie case in respect to the alleged incident,' the judge had observed.
    
The FIR had been filed against Mani in Thiruvananthapuram court last year after a 'quick verification' by the vigilance department on the charge by Kerala State Bar Hotel Owners' Association Working President Biju Ramesh that the minister had accepted Rs one crore as bribe for renewal of licences to 470 Indian Made Foreign Liquor bars in the state.

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