BALLARI: Former police officer Anupama Shenoy rekindled chief minister Siddaramaiah's Hublot watch controversy, stating that she had written to the Personnel and Training Wing of the Prime Minister's Office to investigate the matter.
She said that the Hublot case is not yet over. "I have already written to the wing and has sent 34 documents in connection with the case.”
Previously, she had submitted the same set of documents to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
"Since CBI has failed to respond, the ball is now in the court of the Personnel and Training Wing of the Prime Minister’s Office," she said.
Shenoy announced that her political party will be launched as per schedule on November 1 from Kudalgi. The party will contest all 224 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections.
Commenting on the Dy SP Ganapathy suicide case, she said Bengaluru Development Minister K J George should have been booked by CID considering the death note of the victim.
It was JD(S) president H D Kumaraswamy who raised the Hublot watch issue first and questioned how Siddaramaiah who calls himself a socialist could afford a watch worth lakhs. In response, Siddaramaiah offered to sell the watch for Rs 5 lakh to him and later admitted that it was gifted by Varma.
After opposition leaders raised objections and later stalled legislature proceedings over the issue, Siddaramaiah declared the watch a state asset and handed it over to the Speaker’s office.
Later, the Anti-Corruption Bureau gave a clean chit to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the Hublot watch case by closing the inquiry at the preliminary stage itself.