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Need time to act against min for cash seizure: K'taka CM

Eenadu India 2019-01-11 21:16:00

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Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Friday sought time to act against minister for backward classes welfare C Puttarangashetty, whose personal assistant was nabbed with unaccounted cash of Rs 25.76 lakh on January 4 at the state secretariat.

"Give me some time. I take decisions in accordance with the law. There is no question of patronising anyone. I never believe in cover-up politics in the case of wrongdoing," he said in response to a question from media on when he would take action against the minister.

The chief minister declined to comment on Puttarangashetty's move to seek a court injunction to bar the media from publishing reports relating to the seizure.

Police said that S G Mohan Kumar was arrested on January 4 with Rs 25.76 lakh in cash, which was collected from four contractors.

The matter has been handed over to the anti-corruption bureau for investigation.

The BJP has demanded that the minister be sacked to ensure an impartial investigation.

"How can a fair investigation be carried out as long as Puttarangashetty is in the cabinet? He should be removed first," BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa had demanded three days ago.

With inputs from PTI.

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