Bengaluru, July 16 : Rebel Congress legislator and former state minister R. Roshan Baig was on Monday night arrested from the Kempegowda International Airport by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in relation to the IMA fraud case and prevented from taking off in a chartered aircraft.
Kumaraswamy accused state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa of aiding a former minister N. R. Santhosh, private secretary to opposition BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa to flee when he is facing probe in a fraud case.
Commenting on the dramatic development, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy tweeted: ” Today, SIT probing the IMA case detained Roshan Baig for questioning at the BIAL airport while he was trying (to) leave along with Yeddyurappa’s PA, Santosh, on a chartered flight to Mumbai. I was told that on seeing the SIT, Santhosh ran away while the police apprehended Baig.”
“Baig was detained for questioning at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) when he was about to take off in a private aircraft to an unconfirmed destination from Bengaluru,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) B.R. Ravikantha Gowda said in a statement here on late Monday night.
Baig, an eight-time legislator and former minister in the previous Congress government, resigned on July 10 from the Shivajinagar assembly segment in the city centre.
The Congress also suspended Baig on June 19 for alleged anti-party activities, including criticism of the party’s state leaders after the recent Lok Sabha elections in which the party was routed in the southern state.
“We will verify if Baig’s sudden plan to leave Bengaluru has anything to do with the recent release of a video in Youtube by the multi-crore Ponzi scheme prime accused Mansoor Ali Khan,” Gowda said.
Accusing the BJP of engineering the defection of the 16 rebel legislators from the ruling Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) allies to destabilise his 13-month-old coalition government, the Chief Minister said in another tweet: “It’s shame that @BJPKarnataka is helping a former minister to escape, who is facing a probe in the IMA (Ponzi) case.”
“This clearly shows #BJP’s direct involvement in destabilising the government through horse trading,” Kumaraswamy added.
The Speaker on Monday asked the Chief Minister to move the trust vote on July 18 to prove he has majority in the Assembly to save his government, which has been reduced to minority after the rebels retired and two Independents withdrew support to it.