JD(S) floor leader in the Assembly H D Revanna accused former energy minister Shobha Karandlaje of clearing tenders worth Rs 2,400 crore just two days before she demitted office.
Revanna alleged that Shobha, who headed the department for two-and-a-half years, hastily approved tenders worth Rs 2,400 crore between February 19 and 21, before resigning on February 23.
According to Revanna, Shobha convened emergency board meetings of both the ESCOMS and the KPTCL on February 19 and 21 and got approval for tenders in violation of rules. “It was done to favour a Hyderabad-based company. Prior to the meet, it was ensured that only one bidder would participate in the tender,” he claimed.
He also demanded that the state government cancel all the tenders approved by the KPTCL in its February 21 board meeting besides ordering an inquiry.
Shobha had also given approval to purchase electricity worth Rs 980 crore during her last days in office, Revanna alleged.