BJP MLA ticket scam: Chaitra Kundapura claims top leaders involved, deal part of sting op by her

Bengaluru, Sep 18 (IANS): 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 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, 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 MLA election. Generally, the political parties don’t give positions to leaders once the elections are declared. But, surprisingly, BJP made Govind Babu Poojari the Backward Classes Morcha secretary, she claimed. 

After the posting, he had carried out a campaign for the BJP candidate Gururaj Ganthiholi in 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 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 MLA ticket from BJP.

The prominent religious leader Abhinava Halasri is absconding in the case.




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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    What has come out from Chaitra ‘s behaviours Is classic RSS BJP .. Modus operandi ...DNA .... Praise Gandhi killer Godse who of course was a. Chitvan brahmin then offer homage to Gandhi both nationally international Minority bashing here but go with Saudi Arabia’s and emirates muslim country.... Chaitra does hindutva hate speeches ... hides in a Muslim house .... Cheats her own community... now singing like proverbial LARK .....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    BJP is now Finished ...

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  • T.Lobo, Bejai

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    The lady is like if I am gonna drown I will take everyone with me.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    She is a package of lies and BJP distancing it's self.

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    Why she is speaking like Potato pappu?

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    She has lot of sons and her teacher is Fequ Mr Albert Kundapura.

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    who is shocked? this happens when you hand over power to those that are unfit.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    Thanks to Narendra Modi ...

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  • Dam, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    If involves then tell all the names to Police......

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  • Edward MC, Kudla

    Mon, Sep 18 2023

    Wow she indeed has a very sharp tongue. But actually she is dumb. First she cried saying she is victim and she lives in a small house etc etc. Now after the police have unearthed all the money and gold stashed away in a cooperative society, she comes up with a different song. But yeah no wonder people fell for her hate speeches.

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