Randeep Singh Surjewala claims the BJP government in Karnataka is attempting to "cover up" the PSI fraud
The Police Sub-Inspector Recruitment Scam, in which an assistant director general of police has already been detained, is the subject of an accusation made by the Congress on Wednesday against the BJP, which is now in power in Karnataka.
The grand old party said that the case's lead defendant, R. D. Patil, wrote to the Lokayukta stating that the scam's investigating officer had requested Rs. 3 crore to end the investigation, but that only Rs. 76 lakh had already been given.
It sought the resignation of Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra and an investigation into the scandal by the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, noting that the letter to the Lokayukta is in the public domain.
"This letter from RD Patil accuses the investigating officer in no uncertain terms of expecting a bribe of Rs 3 crore. According to the letter, Rs 76 lakh in bribe from the PSI scandal has been given to the investigating officer. All of this is being done to weaken and end the PSI fraud as a whole, according to Randeep Singh Surjewala, the Karnataka-based Congress National General Secretary.
He showed the media the letter and said that an additional Rs 2.24 crore was needed to end and mitigate the PSI scandal.
"So what is going on behind Bommai and Home Minister Araga Jnanendra's back? They first rejected the PSI fraud, then chose not to look into it. When they finally did, there were widespread demonstrations around the state, and about 100 individuals were detained. According to Surjewala, the police officer who is being held by the authorities wants to testify before a court about the PSI fraud, but the government has forbidden him from doing so.
The role of the former home minister, the current chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, and the home minister Jnanendra, the Congress leader claimed, "reflects a sinister design to shut down the PSI scam, to put a lid over it, so that the real culprits sitting in the citadels of power...is never examined."
Jnanendra "has no right to remain for a minute after this letter has emerged into the public domain," Surjewala said in a statement calling for his resignation. He emphasized that the only viable option is a judicial investigation overseen by the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court.