Updated: November 7, 2015 2:17:00 am
The minister for social welfare in Karnataka, H Anjaneya, a close associate of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been accused of corruption by the Aam Aadmi Party after a sting operation by a local television channel claimed to have caught the wife of the minister accepting bribe from a prospective supplier of food grains to dalit hostels.
A member of the Aam Aadmi Party Ravikrishna Reddy filed a complaint with the Karnataka Lokayukta police over the alleged corruption after the Suvarna news channel aired its sting operation on Thursday. The wife of the dalit minister H Anjaneya has allegedly been caught on camera while asking a ‘middleman’ to leave money on a table at the minister’s official residence in Bengaluru.
The Rs 7 lakh bribe was allegedly offered for grant of a tender to supply food grains to residential schools run by the social welfare department. A reporter posing as a contractor met Anjaneya’s wife Vijaya through a officer in the social welfare department under the guise of wanting to win the tender to supply food grains. The minister has accused rivals of attempting to tarnish his image.
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Home minister G Parameshwar, who is also the president of the state Congress said on Friday that he had sought an explanation about the development from his fellow dalit minister. The KPCC would ask the Congress high command on the further course of action, he said. The deputy director of the social welfare department Prabhakar who was allegedly caught on camera demanding a 1.5 per cent commission on the total tender amount earmarked for supply of food grains to children at residential schools run by the government has also been accused in the matter.
The Lokayukta police confirmed receipt of a complaint from the AAP member and said that the matter is being examined for necessary action.
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