QBengaluru: Bypolls Deferred Till Oct Hearing on Rebel MLAs & More
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1. EC Defers Karnataka Bypolls Till SC Decides on Rebel MLAs
With just four days left for filing nominations, the Election Commission told the Supreme Court on Thursday it would defer bypolls to 15 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka till the apex court decides on the disqualification of rebel MLAs.
This brought a huge relief to the disqualified members and also the three main political parties which were gearing up for the 21 October bypolls. As per the schedule announced by EC, the last date for filing nominations is 30 September. Polling was scheduled for 21 October along with Assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana.
After a bench of Justices NV Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari indicated it will not pass interim order on the plea of 17 disqualified MLAs and would pass the final order after hearing the matter, senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for EC, said he would then ask the poll panel to defer the election process.
2. CBI Raids B’luru Ex-Top Cop Alok Kumar’s House, Office
A 10-member CBI team on Thursday raided the residence and office of senior IPS officer and former Bengaluru City police commissioner Alok Kumar in the alleged illegal interception of phones of top bureaucrats and politicians during the previous HD Kumaraswamy government.
This is, perhaps, the first time the Central Bureau of Investigation has raided an IPS officer in the rank of additional director general of police (ADGP) in Karnataka.
Alok Kumar, ADGP, Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP), is not new to CBI investigations. The officer, who was Bengaluru City police chief for 47 days in one of the briefest stints, had been questioned a few years ago by the central agency in the lottery scam.
3. Mayoral Games Begin in BJP as Lobbying Intensifies
Lobbying for the mayor’s post is heating up, with a few BJP corporators trying to outmaneuver opposition leader Padmanabha Reddy, said to be the front-runner for the post. A five-member selection committee led by MLA S Raghu is currently gathering corporators’ views, which would be placed before party leaders to finalise the candidate.
Apart from Raghu and Yelahanka MLA S R Vishwanath, MLA Ravi Subramanya, state general secretary Ravikumar and district president Muniraju are members of the committee. S Raghu, MLA of Pulikeshinagar, told DH, “We have collected opinions and suggestions from corporators. We will submit it before party president and chief minister who will take a final call on the matter.”
4. IMA Scam: CBI Records Statements of Senior IPS Officers
The CBI has recorded statements of two senior IPS officers of Karnataka in connection with the multi-crore I-Monetary Advisory (IMA) scam case, officials said on Thursday.
The agency had called Inspector General Hemant Nimbalkar and Deputy Commissioner of Police-ranked Ajay Hilori for questioning recently, they said. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had recently taken over the investigation into the multi-crore ponzi scheme run by Karnataka-based IMA and its group entities which allegedly duped lakhs of people promising higher returns using "Islamic ways” of investment.
The CBI has booked the company and alleged mastermind and managing director Mansoor Khan, besides 24 other individuals and four sister concerns of the IMA, they said.
5. Bizman Jumps Into Ulsoor Lake, Dies
A 28-year-old businessman allegedly ended his life by jumping into Ulsoor Lake on Thursday afternoon. A month ago, he made an attempt to kill himself and was saved by passersby.
Cox Town resident Binny owned a courier firm, police said. Passersby saw him drowning and found a suicide note on the bank, which read, “Sorry friends and tenants.” Police suspected he was in debt.
Fire and emergency services personnel searched for Binny’s body in the lake but had to call off the operation late in the evening. Police said the status on his mobile phone was ‘RIP’.
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