KARNATAKA

Bribery charge: ‘decision after consulting legal experts'

Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy has said he will consult legal experts and party leaders and decide whether to approach the Karnataka High Court seeking a CBI probe into the Rs. 150-crore bribery charge levelled by him against the then Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy or go to the Lokayukta.

Reacting to the Supreme Court dismissing his writ petition as withdrawn, Mr. Reddy told presspersons here on Wednesday that it was not a setback for him, as the apex court had asked him to approach the Karnataka High Court. “I will consult legal experts and senior party leaders and decide whether to approach the Karnataka High Court or submit details to the Lokayukta, who is already investigating charges of illegal mining, to probe the allegations made against Mr. Kumaraswamy”, the Minister said.

Meanwhile, Janata Dal (S) activists here celebrated the Supreme Court's decision.

A large number of party workers, led by district unit president N. Suryanarayan Reddy, bursting firecrackers and distributed sweets. “ The dismissal of the writ petition indicates that the allegations levelled against Mr. Kumarswamy were false”, Mr. Suryanarayan Reddy told presspersons.



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