Ironing the creases?

Luxury watch issue Congress high command summons Siddaramiah and KPCCImage: Siddaramaiah/ PTI, G Parameshwara
news Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - 09:41

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesha Congress Committee president D Parameshwara have reportedly been summoned by Congress top leadership, reportedly over the luxury-watch controversy.

The Times of India reported that CM and KPCC chief had been asked to meet the Congress high command in New Delhi in March 5.

While G Parameshwara confirmed that he had got a call from them on Monday, CM denied that he did not get any call and planned to visit the capital in April.

KPCC chief however, did not specify the reason for the meeting to and denied that it was about the report into the watch controversy, reported TOI.

According to sources, the high command has summoned the duo in the back-drop of the watch controversy. They reportedly wanted to avoid any embarrassment to the party on account of the s 70-lakh Swiss brand watch as BJP plans to raise it in the Parliament and state legislature.

BJP had filed a complaint with the Enforcement Directorate in investigate the watch which was initially brought up by JD(S) president HD Kumaraswamy in January.

Last week, Kumaraswamy alleged that the Hublot watch was stolen from Kuwait-returned retired Dr. Sudhakar Shetty’s house in May 2015.

However, Shetty clarified that he did not own such costly watches and the ones that were stolen were over 36 years old, reported TOI.

“I don't own such costly watches; the ones stolen were 36 years old. They were definitely not Hublots, as claimed by former CM HD Kumaraswamy,“ Shetty said.

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This is an aggregated report from the Times of India

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