Thiruvananthapuram, (Agencies): Virtually isolated within the party, the MP told a private TV channel that he had not seen the judge taking a bribe, but had 'definite' information that money was given to him by bar owners to get a favourable decision in a case some years ago.

However, footage of his speech at Kottarakara (in Kollam district) telecast by channels last week showed him saying he was witness to an Apex Court judge taking bribe.

Sudhakaran's statement sparked a raging controversy and the Congress leadership distanced itself from his controversial remarks.