EC seeks report on RS poll sting

EC seeks report on RS poll sting

EC seeks report on RS poll sting

The Election Commission has asked for a report on the “sting operations” by some TV channels exposing “corrupt practices” in the Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka.

The commission has asked the chief electoral officer of Karnataka to submit a report “on the facts of the matter”.

The sting operations by two news channels showing four MLAs “discussing” the sale of votes in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls created a flutter on Thursday.

The TV channels claimed that the MLAs–G T Devegowda, Mallikarjun Khuba, B R Patil and Varthur Prakash–discussed the sale of votes for the elections scheduled on June 11.
Though TV channels claimed that some of these MLAs demanded Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore to vote in favour of a Congress candidate, the audio clip was not clear.

Sources said the commission had also asked TV channels to provide the unedited footages of the “sting operations” carried out by them.

Officials said the commission would take a call after receiving the report and studying the footages.

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