Karnataka elections: TV channels directed not to air alleged Sriramulu sting video
Television channels have been directed not to air the sting video showing a BJP leader trying to bribe a kin of a former Chief Justice of India to get a favourable verdict for mining baron G Janardhana Reddy in an illegal mining case.
The direction comes hours after State Home minister Ramalinga Reddy called what the Congress described as an 'explosive press conference' and released the video clippings which were in circulation on social media.
Congress claimed the 'sting operation' revealed that alleged attempts were made to bribe to seek a favourable verdict for Reddy.
The party alleged that just one day before the then CJI retired, he passed an order in a case related to Reddy brothers' Oblapuram Mining Company.
"Now several videos have been released which show how bribe deals were done btw CJI's son-in-law & Sriramulu/Reddy Brothers: @dineshgrao," said Karnataka Congress quoting its working President Dinesh Gundu Rao in a tweet.
It said the videos that have surfaced today showing how Sriramulu, middlemen and son-in-law of the former CJI discussed bribe deals, hoping to get a favourable judgement from the Supreme Court in the Obalipuram case.
Sriramulu, a confidant of tainted mining baron and owner of Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) Janardhana Reddy, is contesting from two constituencies Molakalmuru and Badami in the May 12 assembly polls.
In Badami, he is pitted against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Rao has also sought a response from BJP and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.
The Congress has been criticising BJP and the Prime Minister for their decision to give tickets to eight persons from the Reddy "camp" including his brothers G Somashekara Reddy and G Karunakara Reddy.
"Do not believe in such fake stings which make rounds now and then," BJP president Amit Shah said at a press conference when asked about the "sting videos" circulating in the social media.
As the news channels started airing the video footages shared by the Congress, electoral authorities took note of it and issued notices, the chief electoral officer (CEO) office sources said.
|Karnataka Assembly Election dates|
|Date of notification||April 17|
|Last date to file nominations||April 24|
|Last date to withdraw nominations||April 27|
|Date of polling||May 12|
|Date of counting||May 15|