CBI Challenges Karnataka Government's Decision on Shivakumar's Disproportionate Assets Case
CBI Challenges Karnataka Government's Decision on Shivakumar's Disproportionate Assets Case
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Bangalore: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken the matter to the Karnataka High Court, challenging the state government's decision to withdraw the disproportionate assets case against Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar from the agency. The High Court is scheduled to hear the case today. Responding to the CBI's move, Shivakumar stated that he would address the issue later, emphasizing that the party would provide a robust response in court.

Last year, the Karnataka cabinet decided to revoke the consent for a CBI investigation into the disproportionate assets case against Shivakumar, deeming the earlier BJP government's consent as not in accordance with the law. The opposition parties, BJP and JDS, opposed this decision, accusing the government of acting against the law to shield Shivakumar.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah argued that the previous Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa, had given consent to the CBI probe "illegally" before the Advocate General provided an opinion. Yediyurappa countered, stating that the Enforcement Directorate had found Shivakumar in violation of the Prevention of Corruption Act and shared information with the CBI, urging the government to take appropriate action. Yediyurappa emphasized that the grant of permission was upheld by the Karnataka High Court and criticized the Congress government's decision to withdraw the sanction as "without jurisdiction and illegal."

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