BS Yeddyurappa, Ananth Kumar under ACB lens: Here are the key facts about the 'pay-off clip' case

The Karnataka anti-corruption bureau will investigate the case filed against former Karnataka chief minster BS Yeddyurappa and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar in connection with the leaked video of their conversation about paying money to BJP high command, said The Indian Express report.

BS Yeddyurappa and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar. Firstpost

BS Yeddyurappa and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar. Firstpost

The recent development comes after a forensic report confirmed the identity of the two BJP leaders in a leaked video where they can be reportedly heard speaking to the party high command about money transaction done by local political leaders.

On Sunday, the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) had filed an FIR against the two BJP leaders in connection with the case

What the case is all about? 

In February this year, Yeddyurappa, had alleged that a diary seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had revealed that Rs 1,000 crore in donation was given by Karanatka chief minister Siddaramaiah to his party high command, The Times of India had reported.

In the video clip in question, which dates to 12 February, according to The Indian Express, Ananth Kumar was heard telling Yeddyurappa that the issue  (of alleged payments of Rs 1000 crore to the Congress high command by Siddaramaiah) could be used politically to taint the Congress government.

The report added that the two BJP leaders were also heard saying that they also made payments to the party command when the BJP was in power in Karnataka between 2008 and 2013.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had released the video clip of a purported conversation between the two leaders. Following which, a case against the two BJP leaders was filed by a Congress affiliated lawyer Dhananjaya.

Congress' stand

According to News18, Congress spokesperson Dinesh Gundu Rao has asked the Centre to remove Ananth Kumar from the Union cabinet.

“This video is not ours. It is in their (BJP) office. Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar said the voices are not theirs. Now, the FSL has said that it is their voice. It exposes the corrupt practices of Kumar, a central minister, and Yeddyurappa. The police must take the investigation to its logical end. It’s a very serious issue,” Rao was quoted as saying by News18.

BJP's response

Yeddyurappa had earlier accused Siddaramaiah of “vendetta politics” and had said that he would not be cowed down by criminal charges agaainst him, The Hindu reported. Yeddyurappa told ANI that the ACB was working under orders from the Congress government, and that he was ready to face the ACB.

The BJP leaders, according to The Hindu, had alleged that the contents of the clip had been edited to malign their image.

Troubles for Yeddyurappa in poll-bound Karnataka

In May, BJP president Amit Shah had announced Yeddyurappa as the party's chief ministerial candidate in the state. Karnataka is scheduled to go for Assembly polls early next year. The FIR and the charge of corruption could put hurdles in Yeddyurappa's race for chief ministerial seat in the state.

With inputs from agencies. 

Updated Date: Oct 09, 2017 14:14 PM

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