BJP's image dented after arrest of senior bureaucrats, CM Bommai says will cleanse system

Bengaluru, Jul 5 (IANS): Even as the arrest of a senior IPS and an IAS officer is being viewed as a setback for the ruling BJP, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that his government was committed to cleanse the entire system.

The judiciary's biting remark on the functioning of the government and referring to rampant corruption in allotting important posts is said to be a setback to the BJP, according to party insiders.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sleuths have arrested senior IPS officer, Additional DGP Amrit Paul, in connection with the Police Sub-Inspector scandal. J. Manjunath, former Bengaluru Deputy Commissioner has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and remanded to judicial custody in a bribe case. Both arrests were made on Monday.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai stated that ruling BJP was committed to cleanse the entire system through an unbiased and uncompromising probe. "Our government will act against the guilty even if it happens to be top officials," he maintained.

"The earlier governments had not bothered to investigate even when voices were raised against such scams during their regime," Bommai said.

However, party sources said that the development has raised serious questions for the ruling BJP, as the action has been taken after a rap by the High Court in the case of former DC Manjunath.

"Though, both Congress and BJP leaders have been arrested in connection with the PSI Recruitment scandal, the ruling party is more answerable and it is a setback in the election year," sources in BJP said.

The state general Assembly election is scheduled in 2023 and will be held in less than a year. Congress party is claiming that their survey suggested a comfortable majority in the upcoming Assembly elections.

The BJP central leadership, which has taken over the reins of the state unit, have already collected documents relating to 40 per cent commission allegations made by the Contractors' Association against state ruling BJP.

Manjunath was shunted out from the post of DC of Bengaluru Urban after being slammed by the High Court bench. The High Court Justice H.P. Sandesh, who was looking into the case of DC office staff being caught red-handed while receiving bribes in Bengaluru Urban DC office by ACB, stated that he had been getting transfer threats from the accused persons.

In a serious setback to the ruling BJP government, Justice Sandesh stated that he is ready to be transferred. "I am ready for it for the good of people. Your ACB ADGP (Seemanth Kumar Singh) seems to be a powerful person. One person has told this to my colleague. I have been informed about it by a judge. The threat of transfer will be recorded in the order," Justice Sandesh stated.

"I don't fear anyone. I am ready to bell the cat. I have not bought any property after becoming a judge. I don't care if I lose the position of judge. I am the son of a farmer. I am ready to till the land. I don't belong to any political party. I don't adhere to any political ideology," he remarked to the chagrin of the ruling establishment.

Opposition parties will pounce on the ruling BJP in the state. Sources said the BJP leaders are crossing their fingers as there are allegations of senior politicians' involvement in the PSI recruitment scandal.



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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    Hate this corruption. Top to bottom covered with a same shit. Corruption to rapes and all cover up stories makes. Ordinary citizens to stop trusting officials and politicians. Hard to gauge who is real and corrupt? All these guys sits on ministries position and lectures but realities are exact opposite

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    Karnataka has already beaten international standards in corruption. BJP won’t do anything about it as people will vote them in again in the name of religion. BJP party about 15 years ago had no money to spend and all of a sudden they are the richest political party in the world. Where did this money come from?. Poor and middle class people have become poorer and struggling to make ends meet. Unless people wake up and see what is opening and vote out corrupt politicians your living standards won’t improve.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    The environment is like that of "sinking sand" with top and powerful people openly involved in corruption; it has virtually hit the point of no return!!

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  • Oz, Muscat

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    Cleanse system---may be he is taking about his computer

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    What you sow so you reap....this is the harvesting time for what is sown ever since, sell and horse trade at parliament and assembly houses., now results are seen everywhere at all levels.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    What about 2018 'Operation Kamala' success story under Yeddyurappa's Command !

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  • Joseph, Udupi

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    What happened to the tall promise of our Pradhaan Sevak - Na Khaaonga, Na khaane Doonga. Who will bell the cat?

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    Bommai Sir, any clue on Operation Kamal in 2018 and switching of Congress/JDS MLA's through Horse Trading formula ?🎠🎠🎠🎠🎠🎠🎠🎠🎠🎠🎠🎠 12 in all😎 Tube Light was flickering that time !

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  • Dam, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    You no need to clean system & all just create communal tension people will vote you..

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    “Where there is power, greed, and money there is corruption.” Even Modiji had promised many things but hardly anything is moving in right direction. What is advancing is Communal ill feelings and Hindutva momentum. Good luck !

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  • RonRon, Udupi

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    Bommaiji, dont worry of image n all, initiate some conflict on relegion . people will fight with each other and vote for you.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    bomma what you will clean? avv enchina kure aathina kuntu pand nenethana? suruku e thirth jeppu...apaga poora sari apundu...

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    Yatha Raja thatha Praja... We have corruption, non standard public works and social tensions that affect our day to day lives... Not only soul searching but internal cleansing, reconciliation and rectification have to be carried out on urgent basis... Looking beyound BJP we are staring at another bunch of witing hungry/greedy in congress/JDS... We the people will be hammered from all sides at all times...

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    Massive, unprecented corruption is overflowing in Karnataka today and it is done openly with ease and without any fear. Lucky for BJP, the brand image that is sold to nation as patriotic, nationalistic, progressive, clean and non-corrupt, is yeilding great result. Most of the population still under same trance.

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    Hindu Rashtra banane ke chakkar me desh barbaad ho raha hai...

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