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The News Minute | October 10, 2014 | 09:01 am IST  Former Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy's name has been cleared in a case that alleged he seeked a bribe from an MLC aspirant to elect him as the Member of the Legislative Council (MLC).  The Lokayukta cleared his name due to lack of evidence, states a report by Bangalore Mirror.  "There were no substantiating facts on the charges that could attract provisions of prevention of corruption act. There was no specific demand or acceptance", H N Satyanarayana Rao, additional director general of police, Lokayukta police wing, told Bangalore Mirror. The controversy began in July when a CD surfaced, where Kumaraswamy, in a conversation with an MLC aspirant from Bijapur, Vijugowda Patil, said each MLA from his party wanted Rs 1 crore to support any candidate in MLC polls. In the 35-minute audio clip, Kumaraswamy is allegedly offered an amount of Rs 40 crore in lieu of a seat to the Bijapur leader. Defending his action Kumaraswamy told Hindustan Times in July, “This is the bitter truth of present-day politics. I am not one of those leaders who say one thing on the face and do something else behind the scenes. It is not right to project me as a villain. The other parties have also done the same in these elections. I am ready to respond inside and outside the assembly.”
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