Rebel Karnataka MLA Roshan Baig Detained in IMA Jewels Ponzi Scam Case

Source: PTI | Published on 16th July 2019, 11:15 AM | State News | Don't Miss |

Bengaluru: The special investigation team probing the multi-crore IMA Jewels ponzi scam detained rebel Congress MLA Roshan Baig when he was about to board a chartered plane from the Bengaluru international airport, chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said on Monday.

The chief minister alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party state chief B.S. Yeddyurappa’s personal assistant Santhosh was along with Baig when he was leaving, a charge rubbished by the BJP.

Baig, the MLA from Shivajinagar, was suspended from the Congress for his alleged anti-party activities as he had rebelled against the party leaders.

Kumaraswamy added that on seeing the SIT, Santhosh ran away while the team apprehended Baig.

The chief minister claimed that BJP MLA Yogeshwar was present at the airport at the time and said it was shameful on the part of the BJP that it was helping a former minister, who is facing a probe in the IMA case, escape.

“This clearly shows BJP’s direct involvement in destabilising the government through horse trading,” he alleged.

The BJP, however, refuted the allegations and accused Kumaraswamy of using the state machinery to save his government.

The Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) government is facing a crisis after a flurry of resignations by its MLAs.

The chief minister has been alleging the BJP’s involvement in pulling down his government.

On Monday, he presented Baig’s case to prove his point.

The chief minister also shared a document on Twitter showing that the plane was supposed to fly Baig as a passenger.

Baig was supposed to appear before the SIT on Monday, but citing some important work he did not turn up and sought time till July 25. The investigators asked him to depose on July 19 instead.

He was needed in the case as the ponzi scheme operator Mohammad Mansoor Khan had accused him of taking Rs 400 crore and not returning it.

Baig has refuted the charge calling it baseless and frivolous.

Leaving more than 30,000 investors in the lurch, Mansoor Khan fled to an unknown place.

On Monday, Mansoor Khan released a video message on YouTube announcing his return to India.

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