Bangalore, Jul 7 UNI | 17 days ago

Being at the receiving end after an audio CD, accusing him of involvement in cash-for-Legislative Council seat scam, was unearthed, Janata Dal (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy today claimed he was clean and was ready to face any probe.

Following last month's Karnataka Legislative Council elections from Assembly constituency, where MLAs vote to elect the Upper House members, a 'cash-for-seat' CD had surfaced in which the former chief minister allegedly demanded Rs 20 crore from a person to give away a JD(S) seat in Legislative Council.

The 35-minute audio CD, released by the fans association of Vijugouda the CD exposes an alleged conversation between Mr Kumaraswamy and supporters of Vijugouda, a JD(S) functionary from Bableshwara in Bijapur district.

Speaking to reporters outside the Assembly hall before the session began today, Mr Kumarswamy claimed, 'The truth is on my side. I have not committed any crime. I am ready to face any probe. The tape is obviously not genuine. Was I caught accepting money?'

The JD(S) leader slammed chief minister Siddaramaiah who had condemned the episode and accused his rival saying that was how the party did politics in the state.

'I ask Mr Siddaramaiah whether he can explain how Congress' fourth candidate Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi had lost the Council polls last year despite the party having sufficient number of MLAs to elect the veteran leader. Did he discuss it in the open.

'The Chief Minister should realise that all (parties) live in glass house and not just me,' he remarked.

Meanwhile, reacting to the issue, Mr Siddaramaiah told reporters this morning that Mr Kumaraswamy had admitted it (committing cash-for-seat scam) 'He says it is normal and everyone does it. But I can tell you that Congress never does it'.

Mr Kumaraswamy had, however, admitted that such a discussion had taken place, but he had not committed 'big crime'. If media want to play it up, they can do it and increase their TRPs, he said.

(Posted on 07-07-2014)