Wednesday, February 28, 2024

“Trinamool Leader Arrested Amid Sandeshkhali Land Grab Scandal”

In a significant development amidst the ongoing unrest in Sandeshkhali, North 24 Parganas district, Trinamool Congress leader Ajit Maity has been arrested by the West Bengal Police on charges of land grabbing from local villagers. Maity, known to be closely associated with absconding TMC figure Shahjahan Sheikh, was apprehended on Sunday evening from the residence of a civic volunteer following a series of complaints.

“Bengaluru Faces Water Crisis: Long Queues and Rising Costs Amid 24-Hour Supply Cut”

As Bengaluru grapples with a severe water crisis exacerbated by dwindling reservoir levels and receding groundwater, residents face the prospect of a 24-hour water supply cut commencing Tuesday. With over 200 talukas in the state declared drought-hit, the city's water board finds itself compelled to divert resources from depleted sources towards meeting essential water needs.

“Navy Chief: BrahMos Now Main Weapon with ₹19,000 Crore Deal Approval”

In a significant move towards bolstering its defense capabilities and promoting indigenous manufacturing, the Indian Navy has announced that the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile will now serve as its primary weapon system. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar made this declaration following the clearance of a ₹19,000 crore deal by the Cabinet Committee on Security, paving the way for the acquisition of over 200 BrahMos missiles.

“Former Karnataka Chief Minister Demands ED and CBI Probe into Alleged Corruption Amid Cash Seizures”

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Bommai Calls for ED and CBI Investigation into "Illegal Money" Recovered from Karnataka Contractor

Former Chief Minister and prominent BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai has raised serious allegations against the Congress government in Karnataka, demanding a thorough investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the “illegal money” that was reportedly recovered during recent Income Tax department searches. Bommai’s accusations revolve around what he perceives as collusion between the state government and select contractors in an alleged scheme to amass funds.

The former chief minister, whose own government had previously faced allegations from contractors of imposing a 40 percent commission on their dealings, now points to the Contractors’ Association as the Congress government’s “commission collection center.” He alleges that IT officials discovered a significant cache of money hidden in various boxes during searches conducted at properties linked to a city-based contractor, raising concerns of corruption and impropriety.

Bommai’s contentions go further, asserting that corruption has allegedly infiltrated various aspects of governance in Karnataka, including the transfers of officials, ever since the new government assumed power. He claims that the state has been plundered by the Congress dispensation to serve as an “ATM for the Congress party,” purportedly to fund the upcoming elections in five states. In his words, “This is the most corrupt government that Karnataka has seen.”

He continues by stating, “Corruption is seen from village till Vidhana Soudha, and it has been going on openly.” Specifically addressing the cash seizure, Bommai underlines that it is unprecedented for such a substantial sum of money to be uncovered at a contractor’s residence, especially in the aftermath of bill payments to contractors. This, in his view, substantiates the allegations that the government was receiving a 10 percent commission for bill clearance, implying that more instances of commission may surface if investigations broaden to encompass other contractors.

Accusing the state Congress leaders of acting as an “ATM” for the upcoming assembly elections in five states, Bommai suggests that they lack the moral high ground to comment on issues of corruption. He also highlights a recent meeting between the State Contractors’ Association President Kempanna and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, where allegations of selective payments for contractors’ dues were made. Bommai asserts that this meeting further supports the claim that bills of contractors who have paid commissions have been prioritized for clearance.

In light of these allegations, Basavaraj Bommai calls for a comprehensive investigation into the matter, urging the ED to probe the situation under the Money Laundering Act and the CBI to initiate an inquiry under the Prevention of Corruption Act. He also suggests that if the chief minister bears no responsibility in the matter, he should refer the case to the Lokayukta or the Justice Nagmohan Das commission, established by Siddaramaiah himself, which is currently investigating allegations that the previous BJP government collected a 40 percent commission from contractors. The allegations and investigations underscore the need for transparency and accountability in government operations in Karnataka.

Sources By Agencies

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