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The News Minute | December 2, 2014 | 07.28 pm IST The second day of Kerala Assembly’s winter session turned chaotic, with the opposition messing up proceedings demanding the resignation of the Finance Minister K M Mani alleging his role in the liquor bar bribe scandal. One of the MLA’s was suspended and three of them were warned by the Deputy Speaker. V. Sivankutty Member of Legislative Assembly, got a one day suspension from the assembly for his unruly behavior inside the assembly. He had reportedly illegally entered the speaker’s dais and tried to seize the speaker’s mike. Other members Babu M Palissery, P Sriramakrishnan, R Rajesh and T.V Rajesh were also warned by the Deputy Speaker. The Opposition first disrupted the proceedings after V S Achuthananthan the opposition leader presented a submission on the Bar issue. He has alleged that the government is manipulating the case against Mani. Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said a probe was on and one could not register a case on the basis of just allegations. "A quick verification on this is going on by the vigilance and anti-corruption bureau. The high court has been given a progress report on the probe. The probe is going on according to the guidelines of the Supreme Court. I don’t personally interfere in the probe. The progress report on investigation will be submitted in the court in a sealed cover," Chennithala said. But the opposition was not satisfied with the answer and disrupted the proceedings by shouting slogans and gathering in the middle of the assembly hall. Opposition also had questioned other issues like pension for KSRTC employees and financial instability of the state. Following Deputy Speaker’s denial to discuss these topics, opposition members walked out from the assembly. With this, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings for half-an-hour. But the uproar continued when the House re-convened, forcing an adjournment for the day. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had put forward a motion to take necessary action against Sivankutty for his behavior.
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