QBengaluru: Fresh Notices to Congress Defectors & More

Latest news updates from Karnataka.

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BS Yeddyurappa and HD Kumaraswamy. 

1. Cong to Send Another Notice to 4 Truant MLAs

The Congress will issue one more notice to four legislators asking them to appear before the leadership in person for having skipped a recent legislature party meet, state Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao said on Tuesday.

Gokak MLA and former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, Athani MLA Mahesh Kumatahalli, Chincholi MLA Umesh Jadhav and Bellary MLA B Nagendra have issued show-cause notices seeking an explanation for skipping the CLP meet on January 18, amidst speculation that they might jump ship and join the BJP.

Three of them – Ramesh, Kumatahalli and Nagendra – have responded to the show-cause notice.

(Source: Deccan Herald)


2. Karnataka Women’s March Demanding Prohibition Arrives in Bengaluru

They have been demanding a ban on liquor.
They have been demanding a ban on liquor.
(Photo courtesy: The News  Minute)

The march by women from rural parts of Karnataka demanding a statewide ban on the sale of alcohol reached Bengaluru on Tuesday. After 11 days of marching, they will end their protest tomorrow with a final public interaction outside the Vidhana Soudha.

The women had started from Chitradurga on January 19 and arrived at Yeshwanthpur in the city around 5 pm in spite of a tragic incident on Sunday night when Renukamma, a 60-year-old woman and construction labourer from Raichur taking part in the march, died of injuries in an accident. She was hit by a motorcycle in Nelamangala while crossing the road.

(Source: The News Minute)

3. ED Attaches Properties of BBMP Contractors

BBMP Headquarters in Bengaluru. Image used for representational purposes only.
BBMP Headquarters in Bengaluru. Image used for representational purposes only.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties worth ₹5.2 crore belonging to nine contractors accused in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) fake bill scam.

The scam, estimated to be to the tune of ₹1,500 crore, revolves around the creation of fake bills by contractors for works not executed in RR Nagar, Malleswaram and Gandhinagar Assembly constituencies between 2008 and 2011.

Names of several politicians had cropped up in connection with the scam. Retired High Court judge HN Nagmohan Das, appointed as head of a one-man commission to probe the scam, confirmed the irregularities in his 2018 report to the State government.

(Source: The Hindu)


4. George Fernandes: Seminary Dropout Who Almost Bombed Vidhan Soudha

Jaya Jaitly with George Fernandes.
Jaya Jaitly with George Fernandes.
(Photo: The Quint)

It had been a few hours since the country woke up to the news of George Fernandes’ death, and at the clergy house in Bengaluru’s Bishop House, a retired priest had sat down for lunch. For 86-year-old Fr Anthappa, hearing is a challenge, so, those around him had to shout several times to inform him that his senior from the St Peter’s seminary had passed away.

But, confined to his retired life and challenged by his fading memory, Fr Anthappa was under the impression that George Fernandes had been dead for several years. So, when the news was broken to him, his response was a mere “Oh.”

Before his days as the firebrand socialist leader, between 1946 and 1948, the former Defence Minister was studying at the seminary to become a Roman Catholic priest. But within the walls of the seminary, where obedience was sacrosanct, young George was a rebel.

(Read the full story here: The Quint)

5. Bengaluru Cops Caught on Camera Assaulting Woman

Two police officers were caught on camera assaulting and pushing a woman out of the Kumaraswamy Layout Police Station in Bengaluru. One of the officers, an assistant sub-inspector, has been suspended following the incident.

In the video of the incident on January 19, ASI Renukaiah is seen violently pulling a woman away, hitting and forcibly pushing her out of the police station. He is also seen manhandling the woman outside the police station in spite of her asking him not to lay hands on her. Another police officer is seen grabbing and pushing the woman away at the start of the video.

The woman in question had arrived at the station to resolve a family dispute involving her daughter when the assault occurred.

(Source: The News Minute)

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