KU­MAR QUES­TIONED AGAIN

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SHIL­LONG: The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) ques­tioned Kolkata Po­lice com­mis­sioner Ra­jeev Ku­mar for the sec­ond day in Shil­long on Sun­day in con­nec­tion with the Saradha chit fund scam, an of­fi­cial of the agency said.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Ku­mar was brought face to face with former Tri­namool Congress par­lia­men­tar­ian Ku­nal Ghosh, who too has been brought to the Shil­long of­fice for in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ghosh was ar­rested in 2013 and sub­se­quently sus­pended by the party. CBI is prob­ing al­le­ga­tions against Ku­mar re­lat­ing to the chit fund scam.

BEN­GALURU: An­other rul­ing Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar), or JD(S), law­maker in Kar­nataka on Sun­day claimed that op­po­si­tion Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lead­ers al­legedly paid him money to switch loy­al­ties.

K Srinivasa Gowda, the JD (S) law­maker, told re­porters in Ko­lar that BJP lead­ers CP Yo­gesh­war and Ash­wath­narayana paid him ₹5 crore and promised to give an­other ₹25 crore. “They asked me to re­sign from the assem­bly, but I re­fused their of­fer,” he said.

De­spite re­peated at­tempts to reach BJP spokesper­sons, they were not avail­able for com­ment.

The fresh al­le­ga­tion comes in the back­drop of a clip pur­port­edly recorded dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween BJP state pres­i­dent B S Yed­dyu­rappa and an­other JD (S) law­maker Na­gan­gouda Kand­kur’s son, Sha­rangouda.

In the clip, Yed­dyu­rappa is pur­port­edly heard ask­ing Sha­rangouda to switch his al­le­giance and prom­ises to pay ₹25 crore and a min­is­te­rial berth to his fa­ther if he agreed to join the party. Later, an­other per­son is heard claim­ing that speaker K R Ramesh Ku­mar has been in­flu­enced with the prom­ise of ₹50 crore, a charge he has re­futed.

Yed­dyu­rappa rub­bished the clip and al­leged Kar­nataka chief min­is­ter HD Ku­maraswamy has pro­duced it. He said he was ready to re­sign if it is proven that the voice in the clip was his even as Yed­dyu­rappa ad­mit­ted to hav­ing met Sha­rangouda on Fri­day.

On Sun­day, Yed­dyu­rappa con­demned Ku­maraswamy’s “black­mail politics”. “Ku­maraswamy is do­ing third-grade politics. Black­mail, con­spir­a­cies have be­gun. On the in­struc­tions of CM, Sha­rangouda was sent to guest house where I was stay­ing where he recorded the con­ver­sa­tion. Only a part of which [the con­ver­sa­tion] was re­leased,” he told jour­nal­ists at Hub­balli ahead of PM Naren­dra Modi’s visit on Sun­day.

Yed­dyu­rappa at­tacked Ku­maraswamy for ad­mit­ting to hav­ing asked Sha­rangouda to go for the meet­ing.

K SRINIVASA GOWDA, THE JD (S) LAW­MAKER, SAID BJP LEAD­ERS PAID HIM ₹5 CRORE AND PROMISED TO GIVE AN­OTHER ₹25 CRORE

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