The State government on Tuesday ordered the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the alleged cheating of hundreds of investors by IMA group, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said.
“The government has taken the case seriously. I have spoken to Home Minister M B Patil on the issue and directed him to take appropriate steps to provide justice to the aggrieved people and punish the guilty,” Kumaraswamy tweeted.
Earlier, a delegation of Muslim leaders of the Congress, including Minorities Welfare Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan, met the Chief Minister and urged him to hand over the case to the CBI for investigation.
Cabinet expansion put off, swearing-in on June 14
The cabinet expansion of the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government, which was scheduled for June 12, has been postponed owing to litterateur Girish Karnad’s death on Monday. The chief minister said the new ministers will now be sworn in on June 14 at 1pm. Sources said two independents, R Shankar and H Nagesh, will be inducted to shore up the coalition’s numbers. The third vacant berth is still being hotly contested, with both the Congress and JD(S) vying for it.
Govt in ICU, says BJP
The BJP raised the JSW land issue again on Monday, alleging that the coalition government is trying to secure its future with one land deal.
BJP leader R Ashoka said: “The government is in ICU and in urgent need of money. It is a question of its survival and its leaders are desperately trying to get kickbacks from one land deal.” Ashoka said the BJP will hold a day-and-night protest in Bengaluru from June 14 to June 16. “All our MPs, MLAs and MLCs will participate in the dharna, demanding the government reverse its decision to give absolute sale deed to JSW,” he added.
BJP accuses HDK of openly threatening, abusing scribes
The Karnataka BJP on Tuesday took a dig at chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, accusing him of openly threatening and abusing journalists in the state. The BJP was reacting to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s tweet against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the action against scribes in the northern state. It listed out incidents of police action against some journalists in the state and also accused Gandhi of “hypocrisy”. “Your CM @hd_kumaraswamy openly threatens & abuses journalists. Journalist Santosh Thammaiah arrested for speaking against atrocity of Tippu. FIR filed on @VishweshwarBhat for reporting on CM’s sons behaviour. You’re exactly how a human version of ‘hypocrisy’ would look like,” it tweeted in a reply to Gandhi.
“@hd_kumaraswamy anna, your friend @rahulgandhi thinks you are behaving foolishly by arresting people who are posting memes or writing blogs against you. But he is scared to name you, fearing that you will pull the plug & his party will be out of power in Karnataka! Listen to him,” the Karnataka BJP said in a tweet.
The Congress chief had earlier in the day criticised the arrest of scribe Prashant Kanojia and an editor and a head of a Noidabased TV channel, saying Adityanath is behaving “foolishly” and he should release the journalists. “If every journalist who files a false report or peddles fake, vicious RSS/BJP sponsored propaganda about me is put in jail, most newspapers/news channels would face a severe staff shortage. The UP CM is behaving foolishly & needs to release the arrested journalists,” Gandhi had tweeted.
Kumaraswamy, who heads the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, had recently declared that he was ‘boycotting’ the media, apparently upset over the coverage of the Mandya Lok Sabha polls, where his son Nikhil had contested and lost. He had also slammed news channels, claiming they were “belittling” politicians on their satire programmes and said he felt there was a need to bring in a law to regulate them.
Reacting to the BJP, the JD(S) tweeted, “@BJP4Karnataka So you’re accepting that you and your supporters peddle fake news & end up in jail? Must be pretty tough acknowledging it. Next step is, understanding peddling fake news with malicious intention is not FoE. Third step is, Stop. Peddling. Fake. News!”
On Saturday, two men were arrested based on a complaint by JD(S) workers for allegedly abusing Kumaraswamy and his family in video that went viral on social media.