Minister’s staff found with Rs 25.76 lakh cash stirs JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka

Minister’s staff found with Rs 25.76 lakh cash stirs JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka

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Bengaluru, Jan 5: Opposition BJP today demanded the sacking of Backward Classes Minister Puttaranga Shetty belonging to Congress party from H D Kumaraswamy cabinet in Karnataka after a government staffer working in the minister’s office in Vikasa Soudha here was caught carrying Rs 25.76 lakh in cash out of the seat of power on Friday evening.

On Monday BJP demanded dismissal of both the minister from the cabinet and his staffer from government service and accused that the coalition government was struck deep in corruption and the chief minister had to explain to the people.

Mr Kumaraswamy was on the defensive and said in Hubballi city that he was not sure whether the detained person was really a government staffer in Mr Shetty’s office.

‘’There will be a probe and any wrongdoing was found, the guildy will be punished,’’ he said.

Speaking to reporters in Shivamogga, opposition leader in Karnataka Legislative Assembly B S Yeddyurappa today demanded resignation of Minister for Backward Classes Puttaranga Shetty after a typist in his office was caught carrying over RS 25 lakhs cash in Vikas Soudha, the seat of power, on Friday.

He alleged that the JD(S)-Congress coalition government was struck deep in corruption and was making a loot in the name of transfers of government officials. The accused typist Mohan, who works in Mr Shetty’s office, should be immediately punished and if the minister refused to quit, chief minister H D Kumaraswamy should immediately sack the minister, he demanded.

Mr Shetty speaking from his home district of Chamarajanagara however denied that the money belonged to him and he was open for any inquiry. ‘’The money does not belong to me. I am open for a probe. Let the truth come out,’’ he said.

BJP state unit general secretary Ravikumar also demanded immediate sacking of Mr Shetty saying that the incident had proved that the coalition government was involved in large scale corruption. ‘’If a close aide and a government servant working in a minister is caught carrying such huge cash from Vidhana Soudha was a testimony to the corrupt practices of minister and the entire coalition government. If the minister did not quit immediately, BJP will launch a state-wide agitation from tomorrow,’’ he warned.

JD(S) leader Basavaraj Horatti also demanded resignation of Mr Shetty putting the Party in a fix.

Meanwhile, Additional Commissioner of Police Devaraj said the accused Mohan was detained by the police and subjected to intense questioning. It had been confirmed that he was a state government employee working in Mr Shetty’s office in Vikas Soudha. ‘’We have ordered a probe by Anti Corruption Bureau of Karnataka and facts will be known soon,’’ he said. (UNI)