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Karnataka BJP demands judicial probe into audio clip

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

BJP MLAs on Wednesday continued to create ruckus in the Assembly demanding a judicial probe into the audio tape that allegedly mentioned K.R. Ramesh Kumar's name during a conversation between and JD-S's Naganagouda Kandakur's son on February 7.

"The ruling coalition partners and Janata Dal-Secular are fixed on a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing into the audio tape, but we cannot trust the government agencies with the inquiry," told the media here.

The audio tape issue has been rocking the House for the past two days, after the asked the to direct an SIT probe into it, and the BJP demanded a judicial inquiry.

With continuous protests by the BJP, the House was adjourned till 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday.

"We have been asking for a judicial probe or a probe into the issue to ensure a fair inquiry," Ashoka said.

On the Speaker's directive, on Monday ordered the SIT probe into the audio tape he released on February 8 to expose Yeddyurappa's alleged attempt to lure Kandakur into joining the BJP.

The also wanted the inquiry report in the next 15 days.

The BJP, on the other hand, has been asserting that Yeddyurappa's voice in the audio tape was "doctored" and a SIT probe would lead to a witch hunt on its members.

Meanwhile, the also alleged that the coalition partners were trying to "attack the opposition leaders" after BJP MLA from Hassan, Preetham Gowda, claimed JD-S workers pelted stones at his residence in Hassan.

"Attempts are being made by the ruling party to intimidate the opposition leaders," Yeddyurappa told the media.

Amid the protests by the BJP in the House, the Budget presented by Kumaraswamy on February 8, was yet to be discussed.



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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 14:50 IST