An RTI activist has filed a complaint before the Anti-Corruption Bureau, accusing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of nepotism and corruption in connection with the award of contracts to a firm where the CM’s son was a director.
S Bhaskaran, the activist, alleged that the government’s decision to hand over contracts to set up private labs at government hospitals to Matrix Imaging Solutions Pvt Ltd, where Siddaramaiah’s son Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah was one of the two directors, was a violation of rules and amounted to misconduct by the CM.
The complaint quoted the code of conduct for public representatives to say that “chief minister/ministers shall ensure that the members of his/their family do not start, or participate in business concerns, engage in supplying goods or services to that government (excepting in the usual course of trade or business and at standard or market rates) or dependent primarily on grant of licences, permits, quotas leases etc, from the government”.
It added, “Only an investigation will reveal why six other companies which participated in the pre-tender discussions backed out in the final tender process and whether the tender process was transparent and as per the rules.”
The ACB was created by the government on March 14 following a controversial decision to shut down Lokayukta police.