Bribery clip: Congress demands probe by SC judge

Prime News, State (Bengaluru), October 9:-Statte unit of the Congress on Sunday demanded a probe by a Supreme Court judge into the episode of a DVD containing purported conversation between state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa and Union minister Ananth Kumar on the allegations of payments to party high command.

The demand comes close on the heels of the Forensic Sciences Lab (FSL) confirming the genuineness of voice samples. “We don’t trust the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The entire DVD issue should be probed by a Supreme Court judge to unravel the truth of alleged payment of money by the state BJP leaders to the party high command,” Congress leader V S Ugrappa said.

The BJP has no moral right to speak against corruption and the Modi government has not yet appointed the Lokpal, he said.

The purported conversation between Ananth Kumar and Yeddyurappa was inadvertently heard over a microphone on a stage. Congress affiliated lawyer Dhananjaya earlier this year filed a complaint against them.

The police, who sought verification of the voices ahead of registering a case, are now likely to register a case before the state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) and take up the investigations, senior officials of the ACB said.

In February, in the wake of allegations by Yeddyurappa against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah paying Rs 1,000 crore to the Congress high command to stay in power, four ministers in the state government and three legislators had released a CD that contained a video clip of a purported discussion between Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar on the issue.

In the minute-long video clip, Ananth Kumar is heard telling Yeddyurappa that the bribery issue can be used politically to tarnish the image of Congress government since nobody would believe the denials by the Chief Minister. The two BJP leaders were also heard agreeing that they also made payments to the party high command when the BJP was in power in Karnataka between 2008 and 2013.

Meanwhile, sources close to Yeddyurappa said the BJP and the two leaders had not got any communication on the findings of FSL or any investigation authority. The party would decide its stand and the next course of action after clarity emerges.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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