Staff Reporter

Based on Farooq’s complaint, Sampangi was trapped on January 29

Sampangi is MLA for KGF

BANGALORE: H.M. Farooq, on whose complaint the Lokayukta police trapped KGF MLA Y. Sampangi while he was allegedly accepting bribe, on Saturday joined the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Talking to presspersons after joining the party, Mr. Farooq alleged that the MLA and his supporters had been allegedly threatening him and pressurising him to turn a hostile witness in the case. The Lokayukta police, based on Mr. Farooq’s complaint, on January 29 trapped Mr. Sampangi while he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 5 lakh at the Legislators’ Home.

Mr. Farooq, a resident of Andersonpet in KGF, said that he had been receiving threats to his life since Mr. Sampangi’s arrest.

“I was offered Rs. 3 crore by some ruling party leaders for turning hostile in the case. I was also offered the post of chairman of a State Government body,” he said, adding “the offer was made from those hailing from Bellary.”

Mr. Farooq said he had the recordings of the demand allegedly made by Mr. Sampangi. He claimed that he had evidence to show Mr. Sampangi’s alleged involvement in the transfer of a Superintendent of Police. Meanwhile, Additional Director-General of Police (Lokayukta) Rupak Kumar Dutta said Mr. Farooq had not given in writing about the threat calls received by him. “If such a letter comes, we will take legal action for protection of the complainant,” he told The Hindu.