Staff Reporter

Minister charge-sheeted for allegedly defrauding bank

Sudhakar, three others accused of defrauding SBM of Rs. 5.5 crore

Minister says case is politically motivated

BANGALORE: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday reiterated before the Karnataka High Court that Minister for Social Welfare D. Sudhakar was involved in defrauding a nationalised bank by fabricating documents and obtaining housing loans.

Senior advocate Ashok Harnahalli, appearing for the CBI, contended that the agency had adequate proof of Mr. Sudhakar’s involvement in the case and that a charge sheet had already been filed in a Special CBI Court.

The CBI said it had charge-sheeted Mr. Sudhakar and three others for allegedly defrauding the State Bank of Mysore of Rs. 5.5 crore.

According to the charge sheet filed before a CBI court in Bangalore on August 13, Mr. Sudhakar as the managing director of Trishul Enterprises, created false documents and obtained housing loans between 2003 and 2006.

Earlier, Mr. Sudhakar challenged the filing of the case against him and claimed that it was politically motivated. He urged the court to give a decision as his continuance as Minister would depend on it.

The CBI contested the statement, saying that politics and law were different. It said it could produce witnesses who could testify to the active role allegedly played by Mr. Sudhakar in the scam.

The case took an interesting turn, when Lakshmikanth, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Hiriyur (from where Mr. Sudhakar won) wanted to file an application for impleading himself in the case.

The court observed that the criminal matter it was hearing was different from the subject matter in the IA and asked Mr. Lakshmikanth’s counsel if he did not believe that the prosecution would do a good job.

Justice Subash B. Adi adjourned further hearing of the case till Tuesday.