Babu, Excise Minister and close confidant of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, is the second minister facing charges of accepting bribe from bar owners. Earlier, Kerala Congress supremo KM Mani was forced to resign as Finance Minister in the bar case.
As the protest continued, the House was adjourned for the day after transacting the businesses scheduled. The first session, after Mani's resignation following stinging court observations, saw Opposition targeting the excise minister in the bar case.
82-year-old Mani, the leader of the third largest partner in the ruling Congress-led UDF, was conspicuous by his absence on the first day of the 11-day session, considered to be the penultimate before the state gears up for assembly polls early next year.
The trouble began during zero hour, when the Opposition sought to move an adjournment motion demanding a comprehensive inquiry into the allegation of bar owners that Babu had received Rs 10 crore as bribe for reducing the proposed licence fee of bar hotels.
Seeking to move the motion, deputy opposition leader, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan (CPI-M) said any inquiry against Babu, as long as he continues to be a minister, would not be fruitful.

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