Cong seeks dismissal of Karnataka minister after SC refuses request to remain FIR in case of bribery

Last updated: October 11, 2022 at 10:20 am IST

Somshekhar was elected from the Yeshvanthapura Assembly seat on a congressional ticket in 2018, but later defected and won the 2019 by-election as the BJP candidate.  (File Photo: PTI)

Somshekhar was elected from the Yeshvanthapura Assembly seat on a congressional ticket in 2018, but later defected and won the 2019 by-election as the BJP candidate. (File Photo: PTI)

The case relates to allegations of bribery to award a BDA contract to a construction company to build a housing complex when the BJP’s Yediyurappa was prime minister

Congress on Tuesday called for the dismissal of BJP Minister ST Somshekhar in Karnataka after the Supreme Court denied his request to stay an FIR in a Rs 12 crore bribery case. Karnataka Congress Secretary-General Randeep Surjewala asked Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai when he would fire the Minister of State for cooperation.

Somshekhar was elected from the Yeshvanthapura Assembly seat on a congressional ticket in 2018, but later defected and won the 2019 by-election as the BJP candidate. “The chronology – Rs 12 crore bribe allegedly in a BDA contract. Lokayukta police order FIR on 18 September 2022 against Minister STSomshekhar and others. SC denies request to keep FIR. Mr @BSBommai when will you fire him?” Surjewala asked on Twitter using the hashtag “#40PercentSarkara”.

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider separate lawsuits filed by Somashekar, IAS official GC Prakash and businessman K Ravi against the filing of a corruption case related to a Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) construction project.

The court had previously stayed the investigation into former Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa in connection with the FIR. The case relates to allegations of bribery to award a BDA contract to a construction company to build a housing complex when the BJP’s Yediyurappa was prime minister.

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