Home Minister smells ‘bigger conspiracy’ behind BJP leader’s sleaze clip

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March 6, 2021

Bengaluru, Mar 6: A day after six ministers approached a Bengaluru city court seeking ex-parte restraining order against media houses from publishing or airing ‘defamatory’ content in the sleaze CD case, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday expressed strong suspicion that ‘some forces’ could well be trying to create political instability in the state by resorting to blackmail with this episode.

BJP leader Ramesh Jarkiholi was forced to resign from his minister’s post on Wednesday after Bengaluru-based social activist Dinesh Kallahalli released a CD containing Jarkiholi getting intimate with a woman allegedly luring her to a government job on Tuesday evening.

Leading to half a dozen Karnataka ministers approaching court for preventing media houses from publishing any content that was deem to be defamatory.

Bommai told reporters that there is reason for his suspicion as even after five days neither the victim has come forward nor the complainant disclosed anything beyond what is already in public domain as the police investigates in the Jarkiholi case.

“Such long delays either by victim or by complainant can only mean one thing: a ‘bigger political conspiracy’ could well be at play in order to create political instability in the state. As a result of this, few ministers and MLAs might have felt it appropriate to take legal recourse to protect their reputation,” the Minister, who also holds the law portfolio, said.

Responding to a question, Bommai said those who have got a whiff of strong rumours have either already approached or are in the process of approaching the court.

“The police are also investigating this (Jarkiholi) case from all possible angles, including honeytrap,” he said in response to a question.

Interacting with the media, Karnataka co-operation minister, S.T. Somashekhar revealed that the remaining 10 ministers who have crossed over to the BJP will also approach the court to seek similar reprieve.

He was reacting to reporters querying about him filing a petition in city court on Friday evening. Somashekhar said that it had become all the more important to safeguard their ‘reputation’ from being tarnished for political vendetta.

“Maligning is the biggest weapon in the hands of our political rivals. This is only a precautionary measure,” he said.

The minister said that their rivals are planning to ‘release fake CDs’ and ensure that all those who have come from other parties to BJP will be prime targets, therefore, all (defectors) resorted to this step.

“We, all 15, will call for a press conference in a day or two to reveal more about such blackmail tricks,” he said.

Answering a question, the minister claimed that they have worked hard to reach this position and they will not allow anyone to tarnish their images.

Karnataka Agriculture Minister, B.C. Patil justifying his decision to approach the court said that their reputation was at stake. “We have a lot of rivals as we are successful and manage our portfolios very well. As a result of this, we have earned our share of enemies too. Therefore, we got a ‘hint’ from our well wishers that before rivals strike with fake CDs, we have opted for preventive measure,” he said.

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April 9,2021

Bengaluru, Apr 9: Bus services were hit in Karnataka for the third consecutive day on Friday, as the stalemate between the employees of the road transport corporations, who are on an indefinite strike on wage related issues, and the state government continued.

With the government on Thursday evening reiterating that it was not possible to fulfil their demand for the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission report, RTC employees have decided to continue with the strike.

As employees belonging to all the four transport corporations did not attend duty, buses continued to remain off the roads across the state, including Bengaluru, affecting daily commuters.

Passengers travelling to and from distant areas and office-goers were the most affected.

Private buses, mini buses, maxi cabs and other passenger transport vehicles were seen providing services to stranded passengers in different parts of the city and the state.

However, the number of passengers using private buses continued to remain scarce in the city, as people were using their own vehicles or were seen using cabs, Metro and auto rickshaws, especially in the city areas, private operators said.

Metro has increased the frequency of its services between 7 am and 9 pm.

Amid threats of ESMA and "no work no pay", very few RTC workers have returned to work and buses are said to be operating on some routes in the city along with police escort, sources said, adding that there are similar reports from few other places in the state.

Transport Department Principal Secretary Anjum Parvez on Thursday had said as a temporary arrangement, employees who have retired in the last two years have been requested to come back to service.

"They should be physically fit, medical and eye tests will be done."

Also requesting employees to get back to work, as the government has fuliffed 8 of their 9 demands and has decided for 8 per cent salary increase as an interim relief, he had said that per day loss because of the strike is about Rs 20 crore.

RTCs that have been warning employees about continuing with the strike, have started taking action against trainee employees and are issuing notice for absence from work.

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April 3,2021

Udupi, Apr 3: An Indian expatriate worker from Karnataka’s Udupi district died in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after he suffered a heart attack while driving.

The deceased has been identified as Nagaraj Saranga (57), son of late Panduranga Saranga, from of Kharvikeri, Melkeri in Kundapur taluk. He was employed in Lijaman company.

The incident occurred on March 29 when Nagaraj was driving his company vehicle. It is learnt that his vehicle collided with another vehicle after he suffered a cardiac arrest. 

Nagaraj’s mortal remains is being taken to Kundapur via Mangaluru airport today.

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April 9,2021

Kozhikode, Apr 9: An Air India Express aircraft, flying from Kozhikode to Kuwait, had to make an emergency landing at the airport in Kerala early Friday, after the pilots received a warning about a fire in the cargo compartment of the plane.

Air-India Express IX 393, a Boeing 737 aircraft, which was carrying 17 passengers on board, landed back at the airport safely.

"It was a precautionary landing. After departure the pilot received fire warning, so he chose precautionary landing," said an airline spokesperson.

"Upon landing it was found that the alarm was false," the spokesperson added.

Air India Express, a no-frills subsidiary of national carrier Air India Limited, operates flights mostly to Middle East and SouthEast Asia.

In August 2020, an Air India Express flight from Dubai, carrying 191 people, skidded off a wet runway while landing at the Kozhikode airport and crashed into a ravine, breaking into two and leaving 21 people, including the two pilots dead and several critically injured.

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