Bengaluru’Oct 29′ 2022- The Congress has demanded a judicial inquiry into allegations that some senior journalists were given “cash gifts” along with Deepavali sweet boxes
“The #40PercentSarkar seeks to bribe the journalists with ?1 Lakh cash! Will Mr. Bommai answer- 1. Isn’t it “bribe” being offered by CM? 2. What is the source of ?1,00,000? Has it come from Public Exchequer or from CM himself? 3. Will ED/IT take note?”, the Congress General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.
The Karnataka Congress demanded a judicial probe into what it called “Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) ‘sweet box bribe’ to journalists.
“The people of the State should know how much money was given as bribe, how much was received, how much was returned,” the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee said.
Meanwhile, a non-government organisation Janaadhikara Sanghasha Parishath (JSP) lodged a complaint with the Karnataka Lokayukta against the Chief Minister alleging that he paid a bribe to the journalists in the guise of Deepavali gift.
The complainants R Adarsh Iyer, Prakash Babu B K and Vishwanath V B of the JSP said chief reporters of several media houses were paid bribe by the CM through his close aide.
The complainant said the chief reporters of an English daily and a Kannada daily were paid Rs one lakh each in sweet boxes. The two reported to their higher-ups in the organisation who directed them to return the money.