Karnataka BJP president Yeddyurappa’s house searched; claims it is a bid to frame his aide
By Express News Service | Published: 17th July 2017 03:26 AM |
BENGALURU: Police allegedly searched the residence of BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa in the wee hours of Saturday in connection with an attempt to kidnap Vinay, a personal assistant of BJP leader K S Eshwarappa.
The police were on the lookout for N R Santosh, a personal assistant of Yeddyurappa, who is among the prime suspects. Police searched Yeddyurappa’s residence in Dollar’s Colony since Santhosh used to stay there. Though police claimed that they did not enter the house but took information from the security guards, Yeddyurappa claimed that his house was searched. He said it was politically motivated to malign him.
“Early Saturday, Malleswaram ACP Arun Naik Badigar and his team went to the house to verify whether Santhosh was inside. We did not take any search warrant and did not enter the house. Yeddyurappa was inside the house at that time,” said police sources.
On May 11, Vinay had filed a complaint alleging that an eight-member gang accosted him near ISKCON temple and tried to kidnap him. Vinay filed a complaint the same day.
Following the incident, police questioned BJP Yuva Morcha general secretary Rajendra Urs. Sources said during interrogation, Rajendra accused Santhosh of plotting the kidnap.
However, Yeddyurappa denied that Santhosh was involved. In a letter to the City Police Commissioner, he said, “It appears that police officers are determined to fix Santhosh. I am afraid evidence is being created with mala fide intentions against him. Police forced Rajendra Urs to name Santhosh as accused. What was the necessity to search during night?.”City Police Commissioner Praveen Sood said, “I will go through Yeddyurappa’s letter.”