Roshan Baig calls on BJP leaders, fuels further speculation


After brushing aside the show cause notice sent to him by the Congress following his revolt against the State leadership, former Minister and Congress MLA Roshan Baig on Tuesday called on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and M J Akbar in Delhi.

It is being speculated in Congress circles that Mr. Baig might take a decision on quitting the party after consultations with BJP leaders in the national capital.

Baig has distanced himself from Congress leaders after hitting out at former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao, and AICC general secretary K.C. Venugopal for what he called the party’s “flop show” in the Lok Sabha election.

Connection to scam

Sources also said legislators belonging to the Muslim community who were unhappy with the manner in which Mr Baig conducted during the Lok Sabha elections, would use a probe ordered by the government into cheating of investors by IMA Jewels in Shivajinagar, to target him. Moreover, Mohammed Mansoor Khan, IMA Jewel owner in Shivajinagar, who had gone missing, had accused Baig of cheating him of Rs 400 crore.

Speaking to reporters after meeting with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and Home Minister M B Patil, Minister Zameer Ahmed said anyone, including a MLA, involved in the cheating case would be punished.

During 2018 Assembly elections, the Enforcement Directorate had served notice on his businessman-son Ruman Baig in a case of alleged violation under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Then, Roshan Baig termed it as a politically motivated.

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