Prime accused in the Karnataka BJP MLA ticket scandal Chaitra Kundapura, an arrested Hindu activist, has claimed the involvement of the top party leadership in the crime, sources said on Monday.
In a letter to the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Kundapura has demanded that the transactions of industrialist Govinda Babu Poojari, a complainant in her case, be investigated under the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act. She also expressed her willingness to cooperate with the investigation, they added.
The sources further explained that Chaitra had made these revelations in a letter to the ED before her arrest. She had shot the letter after Poojari, who paid over Rs 5 crore, started demanding his money back when he was denied the ticket. An associate of Poojari had paid Rs 5 crore in cash.
Govind Babu himself also spoke to her about it. He got the money transferred for the ticket to contest the MLA election. He had given Rs 1 crore to one Manjunath, Rs 1.5 crore to Abhinava Halashri, and Rs 3 crore to Vishwanath Ji. She claimed that Poojari was advised by her to file a police complaint.
Chaitra claimed that she worked in a private company in Bengaluru and had confirmed information on illegal money transactions by industrialist Govind Babu Poojari.
This person had settled in Mumbai briefly and carried out the business. He runs a catering industry in Bengaluru.
“He was an aspirant for BJP MLA ticket and since I was a journalist, I wanted to carry out a sting operation on money transactions. Hence I called up Govinda Babu Poojari and his associate Prasad Poojari to collect information,” Chaitra stated in her complaint.
“I was in touch with those close to the businessman and gathered information with an intention to expose him,” she added. She also alleged in her complaint that fortunately, he did not get a BJP ticket to contest the MLA election. Generally, the political parties don’t give positions to leaders once the elections are declared. But, surprisingly, the BJP made Govind Babu Poojari the Backward Classes Morcha Secretary.
After the posting, he carried out a campaign for the BJP candidate Gururaj Ganthiholi in the Baindur seat. During the campaigning, Govind Babu Poojari started to identify with state and national leaders. “I strongly suspected the involvement of influential leaders in the scam,” her complaint read.
Sources explain that Chaitra maintains in the complaint that she didn’t have evidence to prove these charges and she recorded the call from Govind Babu Poojari that he had lost Rs 6 crore for a BJP ticket and advised him to lodge a police complaint.
Karnataka police have arrested Chaitra Kundapura and her associates on charges of cheating Rs 5 crore and threatening industrialist Govind Babu Poojari promising him an MLA ticket from BJP. The prominent religious leader Abhinava Halasri is absconding in the case.
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