Illegal money transfer case: BJP writes to Amit Shah, demands CBI probe, Minister Nagendra’s dismissal

The illegal money transfer came to light, after the accounts superintendent at the Corporation, Chandrashekhar P, died by suicide on 26 May, leaving behind a death note.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 01, 2024 | 2:31 PM Updated Jun 01, 2024 | 5:54 PM


The Karnataka BJP has rejected the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the illegal money transfer case involving the Karnataka Maharshi Valmiki Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation Ltd, and demanded that the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The party has also sought the immediate dismissal of Scheduled Tribes Welfare Minister B Nagendra, following allegations against him in connection with the case.

The state government on Friday, 31 May, had constituted a four-member SIT team headed by Manish Kharbikar, Additional Director General of Police, Economic Offences, at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Bengaluru, to conduct the inquiry.

“I strongly demand a CBI enquiry and reject SIT probe in the interests of transparency and to ensure the real culprits are punished under the law. Also, we demand for immediate dismissal of accused Minister B Nagendra from the cabinet,” state BJP President BY Vijayendra said in a post on ‘X’.

Also Read: K’taka official dies by suicide, alleges superiors pressured him to illegally transfer ₹85 crore

Suicide note, Corruption allegations

The illegal money transfer came to light, after the accounts superintendent at the Corporation, Chandrashekhar P, died by suicide on 26 May, leaving behind a death note.

It revealed the unauthorised transfer of ₹187 crore belonging to the corporation from its bank account, and out of that ₹88.62 crore was illegally moved to various accounts allegedly belonging to “well-known” IT companies and a Hyderabad-based cooperative bank.Illegal money

In the six-page suicide note accessed by South First, he has levelled corruption allegations to the tune of ₹85 crore against the Corporation’s now suspenIllegal money ded Managing Director JG Padmanabh, accounts officer Parashuram G Durugannavar, and Union Bank of India Chief Manager Suchismita Rawal in the note, while stating that the “Minister” had issued oral orders for transferring the funds.

Two FIRs have been registered following Chandrashekar’s death. The first was against the three people named in his death note, and the second was against six bank officials for the alleged fraud.

Two days after the suicide of the government official, the Congress government, on 28 May, transferred the case to the Central Investigation Department (CID).

Of the two FIRs registered in connection with the incident, one was filed by the victim’s spouse Kavitha accusing abetment of suicide against the two officials of KMVSTDC and Union Bank of India’s employee before the Shivamogga’s Vinobanagar PS.

The second case is filed by KMVSTDC against the Union Bank of India, accusing them of funds being misused by the bank before the High Ground PS. The Chief Minister has directed both the cases to be transferred to SIT and submit the probe report at the earliest possible.

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‘Tip of an iceberg’

Targeting the Congress government, Vijayendra asked, “Will Siddaramaiah govt (government) care to calculate and explain the percentage of corruption involved in this govt? ₹87 crores out of the sanctioned ₹187 crores – Perfect 50%?”

The massive corruption exposed by the deceased employee in the Maharshi Valmiki Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation is just a “tip of an iceberg”, he said.

“Embezzlement of government funds points to a bigger conspiracy by the Karnataka Congress govt involving ministers, and further gives credence to our claim that Congress is treating Karnataka as an ATM to fund its Delhi Bosses! ” Vijayendra said.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Shivakumar said, “Seeking resignation is the duty of the Opposition, they will seek it. We will certainly look into it. I have seen the FIR. The CM is also observing it very seriously, we will call and talk (to Nagendra). We will look into what is true and lies.”

Just because someone has made some allegations without any evidence we cannot react he added.

“If anyone has committed wrong, it is wrong. There is no doubt about it. We have sought a complete report from officials, and officials have been suspended. I’m not saying that with suspensions everything will be fine. The CM has taken it variously. Whether it is bank involved or officials or whoever it is, merciless action will be taken,” he added.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)