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K'taka HC asks Reddy to rectify petition against Kumaraswamy

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, Aug 25 (UNI) The Karnataka High Court today adjourned by one week the hearing of the writ petition filed by suspended BJP Legislator G Janardhana Reddy, seeking a CBI probe into the bribery charge levelled by him against Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, to enable the petitioner's counsel to rectify and comply with the requirements of the writ rules.

When the petition came up for hearing, Mr Justice D V Shylendrakumar asked Mr Reddy's counsel C V Nagesh to rectify the defects pointed out by the registry, and granted one week's time to do the same.

In the writ petition, filed on Aug 23, the defiant BJP leader had sought a direction to the CBI to probe the allegations against Mr Kumaraswamy, his Cabinet colleagues M P Prakash and C Chennigappa under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal code. He had named the CBI Director and the CBI State office as the respondents.

Mr Reddy said he was forced to seek legal recourse as he became a target of a vilification campaign after levelling the allegations.

He submitted that he had several documentary evidence against the three, who had allegedly coerced mine operators in Bellary district to cough up the demanded sum or face closure of mining activities.

Besides, he had recorded meetings of mine owners with Ministers concerned and their representatives, where the demands were made.

He alleged that the graft money, running into crores of Rupees, was used to purchase movable and immovable properties in their name or in the names of their kins and claimed that he had sufficient material evidence relating to the financial transactions of the Chief Minister and his family members.


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