The Congress called a bandh after several Congress leaders, led by former chief minister Siddaramaiah protested demanding the arrest of BJP MLA Madal Virupaksha, whose son was caught taking a bribe by the state’s Lokayukta.
“The 9th Karnataka Bandh is a symbolical bandh of markets only for 2 hours from 9 AM-11AM only against “Corrupt BJP Govt”. To avoid inconvenience, road-rail transport, educational institutions, exams, hospitals, essential services are all exempted and not a part of the bandh,” said Surjewala in a tweet.
Last week, on Thursday, Karnataka Lokayukta officers caught Virupaksha’s son, a chief accountant at Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), while he was allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 40 lakh from a contractor.
The anti-corruption wing of Lokayukta raided the residence of the MLA’s son, Prashant Madal, during which they also recovered Rs 6 crore in cash.
“The anti-corruption branch of Lokayukta caught Prashanth Maadal, son of BJP MLA Maadal Virupakshappa while he was taking a bribe of Rs 40 lakh. Over Rs 1.7 crore in cash was recovered from his office,” the Karnataka Lokayukta said in a statement earlier.
Reacting to the recovery of alleged bribe money from the residence of the BJP MLA’s son, CM Bommai said an impartial investigation was being conducted into the corruption charge against the BJP MLA and his son.
“The Lokayukta, which was closed during the Congress government, was re-launched by us with the aim of comprehensively curbing corruption in the state. It is our stand that the Lokayukta should conduct an independent and impartial investigation into this matter (recovery of cash from the house of the MLA’s son),” tweeted Bommai.
However, the CM’s assurance of a fair probe did not wash with Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy, who demanded Bommai’s resignation in the light of the scandal.
“Scams and corruption are rife in the state. The government had been asking for evidence. The recovery of cash from the residence of the BJP MLA’s son is proof of this government’s corruption. We demand that the CM tender his resignation over this,” said Reddy.
According to the Lokayukta, more than Rs 1.7 crore in cash was found at Prashanth Madal’s office.
Significantly, in light of the seizure of cash from his son’s house, the BJP MLA on Friday stepped down as the chairman of Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited Limited.
Further, hitting back at Union Home minister Amit Shah, who claimed earlier that the Congress and the JD(S) ranked No.1 in corruption, Siddramaiah said, “Amit Shah is a big liar”. (ANI)