Complaint to ED about BSY, family fuels rumour mills
Political circles within the State are abuzz with speculations associated to Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, his son B.Y. Vijayendra and a number of other family members being beneath the Enforcement Directorate (ED) scanner. The unceasing speak on management change on corruption allegations is being linked to this by the faction searching for his alternative.
However, a number of sources within the ED confirmed to The Puucho that the company just isn’t probing the Chief Minister or his family members, presently. Though a grievance was lodged with the ED, Delhi, by activist T.J. Abraham in November 2020, there was no FIR within the case by any major company, a prerequisite for the ED to be a part of the probe.
“I filed a complaint with the ED and the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Karnataka, in November, 2020. But both the agencies have failed to initiate a probe, forcing me to file a private complaint seeking directions to register an FIR in the Special Court for People’s Representatives. The petition is yet to be heard,” mentioned Mr. Abraham.
A senior officer within the ED informed The Puucho that provided that there may be an FIR by a major company, that features scheduled offences beneath the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, can the ED provoke a probe into the case. “In the absence of an FIR, the ED cannot legally initiate an inquiry,” he mentioned.
However, rumours fuelled by the Chief Minister’s detractors have gone as far as to declare that Mr. Vijayendra has already been questioned by the ED and the company additionally not too long ago performed raids on the premises belonging to the Chief Minister’s family. Reports of an ED probe started with dissenter Basanagouda Patil Yatnal claiming that Mr. Vijayendra’s current go to to Delhi was in reference to an ED probe. These studies, nevertheless, have now confirmed to be false.
Though the Chief Minister has circumstances of corruption pending towards him, revived not too long ago in a string of authorized setbacks, none of them pertain to his current tenure.
The grievance filed by Mr. Abraham, nevertheless, is linked to this tenure. It alleges that Chief Minister’s family, together with his son Mr. Vijayendra and grandson Shashidhar Mardi, acquired bribes of ₹12.5 crore from a contractor, Chandrakanth Ramalingam, and laundered ₹5.01 crore, alleged “proceeds of crime”, by way of a community of shell firms.
The Chief Minister and his son have been accused of utilizing strong-arm techniques towards a Kannada information channel in September 2020, when it aired what it claimed was a sting operation the place the mentioned contractor accepted paying bribes. However, the contractor accused the channel of coercion, blackmail, and extortion.
“A setback in this case will be tough to defend and will weaken his standing as against his detractors,” mentioned a senior celebration strategist. However, he added that the case was in a preliminary stage in the mean time.
(With inputs from Devesh Pandey in Delhi)