Poll officials seize Rs 20 lakh from minister's aide

Poll officials seize Rs 20 lakh from minister's aide

Unaccounted for cash of Rs 20 lakh was seized from a car belonging to Manojkumar Karjagi, Director of North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation, near Hotel Gateway, in the town, on Friday.

It is said that BJP workers waylaid and checked the car belonging to Karjagi, a close confidante of Mines and Geology Minister Vinay Kulkarni and found the unaccounted for money. They alerted the police and election officers immediately. Manojkumar Karjagi has been taken into custody for enquiry.

In another incident, election officials duty seized Rs 3.14 lakh cash from the supporters of BJP leader M P Renukacharya at Hirikati check-post in the taluk on Friday.

Following a tip off, the police intercepted a multi utility vehicle coming from Gundlupet town. During inspection, the authorities found unaccounted for money. The police said they have taken three persons — Basavaraju, Mahesh and Sadananda Murthy — said to be supporters of Renukacharya, into custody for transporting the money. However, the police confirmed that Renukacharya was not in the car. A case has been filed at Begur police station.

When contacted, Renukacharya said he has no link to the case and he had travelled in his vehicle.

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