QBengaluru: Bypolls on 5 Dec; CBI Grills Ex-Top Cop Alok Kumar

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The Congress’ list of candidates for the Karnataka elections saw 84 percent of the sitting MLAs getting tickets again – and three children of serving ministers making their political debut.

1. Karnataka Bypolls on December 5, Results December 9

The Election Commission on Friday rescheduled by-elections to 15 Karnataka assembly constituencies to December 5 and will declare the results on December 9. The EC made the announcement a day after it informed the Supreme Court that it would defer the bypolls since the plea against 15 disqualified MLAs was pending in court.

The EC’s earlier timetable had scheduled polling on October 21 and counting of votes on October 24.

As per the EC’s revised schedule, the filing of nominations will start on November 11, the last date to file nominations will be November 18, scrutiny of nominations on November 19 and the last date to withdraw nominations will be November 21.

2. CM Orders Probe Into Three Alleged Irregularities

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa reviews a landslide in Karnataka’s Shivamogga.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa reviews a landslide in Karnataka’s Shivamogga.
(Photo: ANI)

Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has ordered a probe into three alleged instances of irregularities in the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Friday. This comes close on the heels of the CM, who also holds charge of the city, ordering probes into several civic projects. With this, the total number of probes ordered so far stands at 12.

The allotment of alternate sites by the BDA between 2014-15 and 2017-18, when the Congress was in power, has come under the scanner. A probe has been ordered into a specific instance of allotment of 245 alternate sites worth ₹600 crore to the family of former councillor A.M. Hanumanthe Gowda violating BDA (Allotment of Sites) Rules, 1984 as well.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. Former Bengaluru Commissioner Alok Kumar Questioned by CBI in Phone Tapping Case

Former Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar with former Deputy CM Dr G Parameshwara soon after taking charge
Former Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar with former Deputy CM Dr G Parameshwara soon after taking charge
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials on Thursday searched senior IPS officer Alok Kumar Singh's premises in Bengaluru and questioned him over the alleged phone-tapping of politicians and officials during the previous JD(S)-Congress coalition government between June 2018 and July 2019.

A 20-member CBI team searched Alok's residence and office, and interrogated him to ascertain on whose behest phones of politicians, rebel MLAs of the then ruling combine and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with officials, including some police officers, were tapped, police officials said.

The CBI, however, declined to comment on the raid, saying the inquiry is underway. Alok was alone at his residence when officials from the CBI came knocking. His office on Nrupathunga Road was also searched.

(Source: The News Minute)

HC Asks ED to File Report in IMA Case

The RBI first issued an alert against IMA Jewels and Mansoor Khan in 2015.
The RBI first issued an alert against IMA Jewels and Mansoor Khan in 2015.
(Photo: The Quint)

The Karnataka High Court on Friday directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to submit a status report on initiation of action under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Group case.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice S.R. Krishna Kumar issued the direction when it was contended on behalf of some of investors that the ED, which too has attached some of the properties of the IMA Group, may file its report in a court in Delhi and the investors could be deprived of claiming their share of investment as process of attachment of ED is different from the process under the Karnataka Protection of Interest of Depositors (KPID) in Financial Establishments Act, 2004.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Nine Held for Killing Home-Alone Woman

Representational image of a crime scene.
Representational image of a crime scene.
(Photo courtesy: iStock)

A 23-year-old youth and his eight friends were on Thursday arrested for allegedly strangling a 63-year-old home-alone woman to death and decamping with her gold jewellery worth Rs 1.5 lakh in Sunkadakatte, west Bengaluru.

Parvathamma, a retired Bescom employee, was found murdered in her room in the first floor of her own building at 4pm. Her son Manjunath R, who stays in the second floor, suspected that his mother could have been killed between 2.30pm and 4pm when he had gone to meet a man, who had offered to buy a site they owned.

According to Kamakshipalya police, the main accused in the case is Manjunath’s brother-in-law Mahanthaswamy alias Mahantha, 23, a resident of Dobbespet near Nelamangala. The other’s arrested are Deepak P, Sharath S, Chitralingaiah alias Chakri, Kumar G, Karthik M, Lokesh M, Gangadhar S and Ganesh Hiremath alias Gani.

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