Bangalore: No let-up for 'tainted' duo in cabinet

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - 1:54pm IST | Place: Hubli | Agency: DNA

Social activist SR Hiremath on Tuesday said he will submit documents proving the illegalities of ministers DK Shivakumar and Roshan Baig in connection with the mining scam to the governor next week.

Releasing more documents on the alleged illegalities, Hiremath said chief minister Siddaramaiah is escaping from his responsibility of dropping the “tainted” leaders from his cabinet.

“To beat his escapism, we will send copies of the documents to the AICC mentors Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and KPCC president G Parameshwara, as we did in Santosh Lad’s case,” he said.
Claiming that the illegalities of Shivakumar far exceeded that of former minister G Janardhan Reddy, Hiremath said: “The net worth of Shivakumar’s illegalities can not be estimated easily.
However, the struggle against him will continue and many more of his scandals will be unearthed in next six months,” he stated.

Divulging on illegal quarrying in Kanakapura forests, Hiremath said the government has neglected the recommendation to transfer 143 cases of granite blocks to CID or any other independent agency.

Shedding light on the alleged misdeeds of minister Roshan Baig, Hiremath said though the high court directed the BBMP to take possession of 10,000 square feet of land that was encroached by Baig, the government has not acted in this regard.

He said the government has not taken any action on the police case filed by one Ziaulla Sheriff against Baig and his wife Sabiha Fathima, despite a high court directive.

“Baig and his wife are allegedly involved in forgery, cheating, extortion and intimidation in grabbing a piece of land at Haines Road in Bangalore,” Hiremath alleged. He added that he has more documents to prove Baig’s involvement in land grab cases.

‘Whistleblowers threatened’
Hiremath alleged that some people who he suspects to be the supporters of minister Roshan Baig allegedly threatened and harassed a resident of Shivaji Nagar, Abdul Haq Surthi, for revealing Baig’s misdeeds. “They have put pressure on Surthi to withdraw the complaint filed with the Lokayukta. If something happens to Surthi, Baig and his henchmen should be responsible for it,” Hiremath said.

He also urged the government to provide security to Surthi’s family members.

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