Sharanagouda, who is the son of Gurmitkal MLA, has also named Devadurga MLA Shivanagouda Nayak, Hassan MLA Preetham Gowda and former journalist M Maramkal in his complaint.

FIR against BS Yeddyurappa three others over audio tape row
news Controversy Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 08:50

JD(S) worker Sharanagouda Kandkur, son of Gurmitkal MLA Naganagouda Kandkur, submitted a complaint at the Devadurga police station over the audio tape incident involving BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa.

He also furnished the audio evidence to Raichur SP Kishore Babu. “I have given a CD, which has all the details of money, place and who had called me from the BJP to the police. When I turned down their offer, they threatened me that they will finish me off politically,” Sharanagouda said as per Deccan Herald.

Raichur district police registered an FIR against Yeddyurappa and three others under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for his alleged attempts to lure Sharanagouda with the promise of money and ministerial positions, reported The Hindu.   

On February 7, Sharanagouda became embroiled in the drama surrounding the coalition government when he claimed that he had received a call from BS Yeddyurappa allegedly asking him to make his father resign from his MLA post. He then made explosive allegations against Yeddyurappa after he had recorded the purported conversation between the two during a meeting at the Yadgir Circuit House in the early hours of Friday morning. 

Sharanagouda has also named Devadurga MLA Shivanagouda Nayak, Hassan MLA Preetham Gowda and former journalist M Maramkal among the persons he met on that night.   

Two short audio clips were released by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on February 8 while a longer 80-minute audio clip has been handed over to Raichur Police for investigation. 

 The audio tape, which was released hours before the state budget led to an uproar in both the floor of the Assembly and the floor of the Parliament this week. While BJP legislators insisted that the audio tape should be probed judicially and not discussed in the House, Speaker Ramesh Kumar ordered an SIT probe into the incident.

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