Top stories from Karnataka: Kidney racket busted, suspected kingpin held
news Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 05:30
1. The Ramnagar police on Monday arrested the alleged kingpin of the kidney racket - Suresh. Police believe that Suresh has been acting as a middleman between donors who are poor and wealthy recipients, by arranging for the transplant and creating "fake documents" that seem genuine. The racket came to light after Shashikala, a resident of Magadi, sold her kidney last week for Rs 3 lakh to repay her loans. 2. DGP and Chairman of Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation Sushant Mahapatra has filed a complaint with Upalokayukta Subhas B Adi against three IPS officers - MN Reddi, Praveen Sood and Seemanth Kumar, accusing them of corruption and irregularities when allotting projects to private constructors for the establishment of police stations and police quarters. 3. A week after Housing Minister MH Ambareesh expressed dissatisfaction at Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the latter has embarrassed him further in the legislative assembly. Replying to a question, Siddaramaiah stated that the Housing minister had not utilised a single penny from the budgetary allocation of Rs 3,818 crore. Ambareesh denied the allegations and said the information provided by the finance department is wrong. 4. As many as six farmers committed suicide in the last 24 hours in various districts of the state. The deceased hailed from the districts of Tumakuru, Chitradurga, Haveri, Hassan and Bagalkot. While five of the farmers ended their lives as they had borrowed heavy loans and were unable to repay, 62-year-old Shivarudrappa Talakeri took the extreme step as lack of water on his four-acre farm blunt his tur dal crop. 5. The State government sought early hearing from the Karnataka High Court on its application pertaining to the conduct of BBMP elections. The government reportedly wants to file objections in the oral order given to the State Election Commission directing it to announce the calender of events by Friday.