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Trouble for BS Yeddyurappa,  HN Ananth Kumar in CD row

Forensic lab confirms voice match; duo were discussing alleged payments of crores to BJP leaders.

Published: 09th October 2017 04:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th October 2017 07:26 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The Forensic Science Laboratory has confirmed the voice samples of BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa and Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister H N Ananth Kumar, who were reportedly discussing alleged payments of crores of rupees to their party national leaders. In February this year, Cyber Crime police had sent their voice samples to FSL for authentication in the case related to the alleged conversation between Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar.

The Forensic Science Laboratory has submitted a report to Cyber Crime police on October 4 stating that the voice samples matched with the conversations between the duo which was recorded on CDs. On May 7, a city court had directed Ananth Kumar and Yeddyurappa to appear before a police officer and to give their voice samples.

On Sunday, speculations were rife about the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) filing an FIR against Yeddyurappa in this regard. But the ACB has denied registering any FIR against the two leaders.
Reacting to the developments Yeddyurappa said, “The state government is misusing the police and ACB to target me. Even 100 such cases will not stop me from continuing to fight against the Siddaramaiah government.”

However, it is not yet clear how the police will take the investigation further. Cyber Crime police had registered the case under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 124A (sedition) of the IPC and other provisions of the Information Technology Act.In the conversation, Ananth Kumar is allegedly heard asking Yeddyurappa to keep the (MLC Govindaraju’s) diary issue alive till the next Assembly election as its contents were quite explosive. The two leaders are also heard speaking about having made similar payments to their own (BJP) national leaders when the party was in power in Karnataka.

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