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Tuesday, March 21 2023

Why Cong freed Sriki, questions CM Bommai

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, lashed out at the Congress on Sunday November 14 over a major Bitcoin scam allegation. CM Bommai claimed that the Congress had freed the accused and failed to conduct a proper investigation while in power and his Government took all necessary steps, including arresting the culprit and handing him over to the federal investigators.

“They could have acted seriously even when the accused sought anticipatory bail. Why are you raising all the questions with us after deliberately allowing the case to attain mega proportion? We need not learn lessons from those who allowed the accused to go scotfree.”

It would be better for them to provide the documents, if any, to the ED for effective investigation, Bommai said, adding that Surjewala’s efforts to project the issue as a major scam reflects his intellectual bankruptcy.

“It is not appropriate for a national spokesperson of a national party to indulge in such act just based on a Twitter handle. He should speak with circumstantial evidence.”

After officials seized bitcoins worth $ 9 crore from a City-based hacker, Srikrishna alias Sriki, who is also accused of hacking into government portals, sourcing drugs through the dark web, and paying for them with cryptocurrency, the Congress has claimed that “influential politicians” are involved in the scam.

According to the sources, it has demanded an independent probe by a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) with former party Chief Rahul Gandhi claiming that the scandal is large, but the cover-up is even bigger.

inputs by IANS

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