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Stamp paper scandal: BJP to move President

Telgi should be allowed to make statement, says Yediyurappa

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The State BJP will request the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to intervene and direct in the national interest the respective State governments to allow Abdul Karim Telgi, main accused in the stamp paper racket, to make a voluntary statement as it may expose the involvement of many persons, including top officials and politicians.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, B.S. Yediyurappa, told presspersons here on Monday that Telgi, who is now in Yeravada jail, had repeatedly urged the authorities concerned to allow him make a statement on the fake stamp paper issue. "May be he is facing serious health problems or some vested interests may eliminate him before he discloses the truth. Police officials such as the retired Assistant Commissioner of Police (Bangalore), T.G. Sangram Singh, who spoke the truth, have been languishing in jail even as some people who made lots of money in the scam have been left untouched." He will also send a set of documents to the President in support of his letter, Mr. Yediyurappa said.

Ransom

The BJP leader said he will also draw the President's attention towards the reported huge "ransom" paid by the State Government to Veerappan to get the Kannada matinee idol, Rajkumar, released from his custody. Besides, Veerappan's killing was a "conspiracy" to bury many truths and the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka STFs' claim that it killed Veerappan in an encounter was only a make-believe statement. He would urge the President to direct the Centre to order a thorough inquiry into the reported ransom paid by the State and the authenticity of the encounter in which Veerappan was shot dead, he said.

Problems

Referring to land development controversies, power shortage, problems of farmers, textbook issue and the reported irregularities in the purchase of subsidised seeds, Mr. Yediyurappa charged that the coalition Government had forgotten its basic responsibility and was trying to hoodwink the people."

The BJP also accused the Government of entering into an understanding with private managements instead of dictating terms to them in sharing medical and dental seats on a 50:50 basis.

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