Mangaluru, Mar 06 2019: Following directions from a local magistrate court, Bantwal Town Police on Tuesday registered a case against the former Minister B. Ramanath Rai, two builders and three others in connection with seizure of Rs. 62 lakh during the Assembly elections last year.
The other accused are Uday Hegde, proprietor of Nirman Constructions, Sudhakar Shetty, proprietor of Mugarodi Constructions, Varun and Preetam Devadiga, employees of Mugarodi Constructions, and Mr. Rai’s personal assistant Densil Herman. According to a complaint filed by Bantwal Tahsildar Sannalingaiah on March 3, 2019, Income Tax sleuths raided the office of Sudhakar Shetty of Mugarodi Constructions in 2018 and seized Rs. 22 lakh in cash on May 8, 2018.
The sleuths then raided Srinivas Lodge at BC Road and seized Rs. 40 lakh in cash from Densil Herman. The sleuths accused them of violating the model code of conduct and using the money for distribution among voters.
Following a report from Income Tax sleuths seeking legal action, Deputy Commissioner and District Electoral Officer S. Sasikanth Senthil directed the Tahsildar to file a complaint with the Bantwal Town Police.
The police registered a non-cognisable case and submitted it to the Additional Civil Judge and JMFC court for directions.
Based on the order of the court, the Bantwal Town Police on Tuesday registered a case against Mr. Rai and the five under Section 171 (E) of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 123 of the Representation of Peoples Act 1951.