The Shimoga Rural police booked a case against Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa for allegedly offering inducements to voters when he campaigned in the Shimoga Rural constituency on Tuesday. The Election Commission had earlier pulled up Mr. Eshawrappa for his hate speech at a meeting in Shimoga on April 9.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha said a video recording revealed him offering cash to women who welcomed him. “We have ordered a probe,” the CEO said.

Bail

Meanwhile, a report from Shimoga said the Principal District and Sessions Court there granted anticipatory bail to Mr. Eshwarappa in the inflammatory speech case. A complaint was lodged by Manjunath, an election officer, against Mr. Eshwarappa saying he had violated the model code of conduct by provoking religious feelings at a programme organised by Vipra Vedike, a Brahmin organisation.

Illegal cash seized by authorities in various districts crossed Rs. 11 crore on Wednesday. The police have seized illegal liquor worth Rs. 3 crore so far. A total of 286 cases have been booked for violation of model code of conduct. Mr. Jha said poll officials having health problems, would be exempted from duty. They can contact District Election Officers and submit their applications seeking exemption, he said.

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