Basavaraj Bommai : Next course of action in BJP MLA Vishwanath elimination case after preliminary inquiry

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Bengaluru, Dec 2 : Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said next course of action will be taken after police completes their preliminary investigation into the high-profile plot hatched by Congress leader Belur Gopalakrishna and others, to eliminate BJP MLA SR Vishwanath.

“The police have booked the case and are conducting an investigation. They have said that they will conduct a primary investigation. After they finish the investigation, we will leave it to the police to decide on the next course of action. We do not have any role in it. The police have seized the matter. Therefore, as per the law the police will decide,” he told reporters here at his RT Nagar residence.
He said this after meeting Vishwanath at the Kempegowda International Airport who briefed him about the case and assured the MLA of thorough investigation to know if any other persons are involved.

Vishwanath yesterday had uncovered a plot to kill him, hatched by local Congress leader Belur Gopalakrishna, who had lost elections twice to the sitting legislator.

A video, purportedly showing Gopalakrishna discussing the ways to eliminate Vishwanath, had gone viral. Along with Rajanakunte police, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) had also launched a probe into the alleged conspiracy.

Bengaluru Rural Superintendent of Police Dr K Vamsi Krishna said after taking court’s permission, the Rajanakunte police have registered an FIR on charges of criminal conspiracy (120 B of IPC) and criminal intimidation (506 of IPC), against conspirators Belur Gopalakrishna, Kulla Devaraj and others.

Further, he said, since it is a high-profile case and politically-connected, Doddaballapur Deputy Superintendent of Police as Investigating Officer.

CCB officials have taken Devaraj into custody and are questioning him.

Earlier in the day, Vishwanath was summoned by Rajanakunte police station for an inquiry which lasted for at least half an hour.

Speaking to media persons after the inquiry, the BJP MLA said he has furnished the unedited video and the letter written by Devaraj addressed to chief minister, home minister and himself, seeking apology for being a part of the conspiracy to assassinate him.

“After uncovering the letter, I found the apology letter and a pen drive in it. I immediately handed over the pen drive to my social team, who edited the video available in the pen drive. Wherever Gopalakrishna has mentioned about the plot to kill, I edited those parts. I knew next morning these clippings would go viral,” he said.

“I was summoned by the Rajankunte police. I have submitted the pen drive, unedited video and Devaraj’s letter to them. In the video clippings Devaraj is divulging the names of supari killers who were hired from Andhra Pradesh. They were lodged at a Yelahanka hotel to execute the plot,” he said.

More light into the matter will come out in the open after the police culls out the call details from the mobile phones of the conspirators and supari killers, Vishawanth said.

He also said that he is not insisting on Gopalakrishna’s arrest, but a high-end investigation into the matter because people should know the reason behind this conspiracy and are there more conspirators.

Speaking to reporters late last night, Gopalakrishna called the video clippings as fake and alleged that it was a conspiracy to implicate him in a false case. “90 percent of the video is fake. The only truth in it is the conversation on a land dispute. Remaining part of the video is readied (fabricated) by him (Devaraj),” he said.

Gopalakrishna also alleged that Devaraj is the right hand man of Vishwanath and there are many photos where he is seen with him. “Devaraj recently defected and is now a supporter of Vishwanath. The video is edited and this is a conspiracy to tarnish my image,” he said.

He also demanded a CBI inquiry into the shooting incident at Congress leader Kadabagere Srinivas, in which Vishwanath’s role was suspected. The case as of now remains unsolved.

Countering Gopalakrishna’s allegations, Vishwanath said the Congress leader is trying to divert the attention from the matter.

“Gopalakrishna should not try to divert the issue by saying that Devaraj is my right hand man. I have not denied that I do not know Devaraj. I have an acquaintance with him. It is true I have several photos with him. But, that cannot make Devaraj as my right hand man. That way, there are so many photos where Gopalakrishna is standing with BJP leaders. That does not mean that he is a right hand man of every BJP leader,” he argued.

On the shooting case, Vishwanath said he wants this truth to come out. “My name has been unnecessarily linked to this case. I want the police to investigate it. I want my name to be delinked from this case once for all,” he said.

Meanwhile, the supporters of Vishwanath staged a rasta roko at Yelahanka-Rajanukunte circle and burnt the effigy of Gopalakrishna, demanding his arrest.


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