Reiterating his charge, first made in a statement to the Vigilance in April last, Ramesh alleged that he himself gave Rs 50 lakh each twice at the Secretariat office of the Excise Minister, and offered to provide more evidence and also face a lie detector test.
    
However, rejecting the claims, Babu, a close confidant of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, said he was not 'scared' and he would continue his legal battle through a defamation case filed against Ramesh earlier for making 'false' charges.
    
In the defamation petition pending in a court here, Babu had alleged that Ramesh made the 'false' allegations with an intention to defame him. In April, Babu had also challenged Ramesh to come out with details of the bribe when, where and to whom the money was paid.
    
It was based on the charge by Ramesh who is also the working president of Kerala State Bar Owners Association, that the Vigilance had filed a case against Mani, who on Tuesday quit following adverse remarks by the High Court against him in the matter.
    
Ramesh had alleged in October last year that Mani had demanded Rs five crore as bribe and accepted Rs one crore for renewal of licences to more than 400 liquor bars.
    
Targeting Babu yesterday, he alleged that while he had given Rs 50 lakh each at the office of the Minister, another hotelier had handed over Rs 9.5 crore as per his (Babu's) direction. He also said he was ready to face a narco-analysis test to prove his allegations and dared Babu to do so.

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