Excise Minister H Nagesh on Tuesday denied allegations of corruption made against him by a senior official of his department, saying they are baseless. Nagesh said he will file a defamation case against the official and his daughter.
Recently, Mohan Kumar, a joint commissioner of excise at Hosapete, filed a complaint at the e-spandana (e-grievance) cell, alleging that the minister demanded a bribe to transfer him. The officer’s daughter, Sneha, too had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying Nagesh demanded Rs 1 crore for the transfer.
Sneha stated that as there was a vacant post in Bengaluru division, they approached the minister seeking a transfer for her ailing father from Hosapete. She also alleged that the minister’s associates, L A Manjunath and Harsha, worked as brokers for the transfer. Nagesh said that the father-daughter duo is indulging in mudslinging to blackmail him. He sought a probe, saying he is ready for it.