Bengaluru: The controversial purported conversation between Union minister Ananth Kumar and BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa in a video recording will be investigated by the city police.
Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP) Rupak Kumar Dutta told Deccan Chronicle that he had not initiated any proceeding to transfer the case from the city police to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). “I am not aware of any such proposal. The case will be handled by the same agency (cyber crime wing of the city police), which had registered it,” said the police chief.
In the purported video conversation, the two BJP stalwarts were ‘heard’ discussing payments made to some central leaders of political parties and how the allegation that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had made huge payments to Congress high command would taint the Congress government in Karnataka.
The case was filed at the Cyber Crime police station in Bengaluru by advocate Dhananjaya. The police had sought the voice samples of Mr Yedyurappa and Mr Kumar and the Forensic Sciences Laboratory last week confirmed that the samples matched the voices in the video.
Both the BJP leaders have blamed Siddaramaiah for targeting them and said that the tapes were doctored. Mr Kumar on Monday told the reporters that the video was edited and their conversation was leaked to show them in poor light.