Public Works Minister, HC Mahadevappa’s son, Sunil Bose, on Monday, was ordered to appear before the Third Additional District and Session Court in Mysore in connection with a corruption case.
Judge Sudheendranath ordered Sunil Bose and a senior geological official, Alphonsus, to appear before the court on February 27 for questioning.
The judge dismissed a plea filed by Bose’s lawyer for dropping his name from the chargesheet, while adding that he needed to be questioned as evidence has been submitted to the court, which implicates Bose’s involvement in bribing Alphonsus.
In 2010, a case was filed against Bose and Alphonsus by Guttigedara Basavaraj, who alleged that Alphonsus had demanded from him a bribe of Rs 1 lakh for transporting sand from Hakkur Doddi in Mysuru’s T Narsipura region.
Basavaraj had alleged that the geologist had sought the money to pay off Sunil Bose.
Basavaraj had approached the court alleging that the Lokayukta had initially booked Sunil Bose under the Prevention of Corruption Act, but had dropped his name while filing the chargesheet.
Sunil Bose was being projected as the Congress candidate for the Nanjangudy bye-elections. However, following his alleged involvement in the corruption case, the Congress in December last year distanced itself from Sunil Bose’s political aspirations.
At the same time, local media had attached PWD Minister Mahadevappa’s name with KC Jayachandra, whose house was raided by the Income Tax sleuths.
The Nanjandug seat fell vacant after former minister Srinivas Prasad defected to BJP last year.