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Siddaramaiah calls for ouster of tainted Karnataka Forests Minister

October 4, 2011 - Bangalore

Leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Assembly, Siddaramaiah, on Tuesday urged Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda to dismiss tainted Minister for Forests CP Yogeshwar from his cabinet.

Siddaramaiah met Governor H R Bhardwaj and demanded him to issue necessary directions to Gowda's Government to drop Yogeshwar from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cabinet, since he has been charged of committing several offences.

"An FIR is also registered against Yogeshwar, Minister of Forests, on the cases registered under offences like forgery, cheating, misconduct and other offences of the Indian Penal Code. So, a charge sheet was submitted much before he was inducted into the ministry. He should not be taken into the Cabinet. Sadananda Gowda was aware, but he took a tainted person in his ministry," Siddaramaiah told media persons here.

"We are urging and I also requested the Governor of Karnataka to give direction immediately to draft Mr. Yogeshwar and also prosecute him and also arrest him, since he has been charged under non-bailable offences," he added.

More facts are emerging in Yogeshwar's alleged Mega City scam. The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) report has revealed that the minister was involved in various fraudulent activities.


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