Standing by their request for a judicial inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the bribery charges brought by the entrepreneurs association, the Karnataka Congress, while questioning the credibility of the investigation by officials on Saturday urged the government to at least form a House committee to review it.
After Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai ordered an investigation into the accusations made by the contractors, Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar on Friday requested a report from Additional Chief Secretary (Water Resources) Rakesh Singh on any irregularities found in the tendering process or paying invoices for work costing more than Rs 10 crore, and reviewing complaints of irregularities.
In its letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July, the Karnataka State Entrepreneurs Association claimed to have been harassed by ministers, elected officials and others, accusing them of demanding up to 30% of the amount of the tender for the approval of a contract and 5 to 6% towards the release of the “letter of credit” against the pending invoices.
Water resources was one of the departments the entrepreneurs named.
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“Let them investigate ten years, we have no objections. It doesn’t matter who is involved, whether it is Congress or JD (S) or BJP, the culprits must be punished, because it is wrong. ‘public money, there should be an appropriate account for it, “Congressman DK Shivakumar told reporters here.
Seeking how ACS Rakesh Singh can conduct the investigation, he said: “He (Singh) may be a good officer, that’s another matter, whether they order a judicial inquiry by a judge in exercise of the Supreme Court or that they constitute a committee of the House. I am asking for an investigation by the House committee, that their own party member be its chairman. “
The KPCC chief said the government should at least form a House committee, as they will not agree to an investigation by a judicial committee.
Further stating that Congress will raise and fight on the issue in the state legislature during the next session, Shivakumar said: “This is a complaint from the association of entrepreneurs, this is an association registered with about a lakh of members associated with various sectors “.
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Bommai had said that projects submitted during Congress’ tenure would be included in the investigation he ordered into corruption charges brought by the state contractors association, and accused the big old party of being at the origin of the percentage culture.
Meanwhile, in search of a judicial inquiry, opposition leader Siddaramaiah in Mysuru asked: “Will someone be investigated by an officer who is from the same department where the corruption allegedly took place?” ? That there be a judicial inquiry by a Supreme Court sitting as a judge, and that the culprits be punished.
Calling the government’s decision to have the investigation carried out by departmental officials “eye drops,” he said his party was not opposed to the investigation being extended until the term of Congress.
Responding to the CM’s claim that the percentage culture started and existed during the tenure of Congress, Siddaramaiah asked, “whether the association of entrepreneurs had written such a letter to the prime minister alleging corruption during the tenure of the Congress. Congress ? “
Stepping up their attack on the government against the charges brought by the contractors, a congressional delegation met with Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Thursday, urging him to recommend the imposition of President Rule in the state, alleging “the failure of the constitutional mechanism “.
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