Police jeeps used to shift poll cash: Gowda to CEC

Former prime minister and JD(S) chief Deve Gowda on Thursday accused former IPS officer and adviser to the home minister Kempaiah of misusing government machinery in the elections. He was speaking after meeting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Om Prakash Rawat, who is on a visit to the city to review preparedness for the Assembly elections.

Gowda expressed doubts over free and fair elections being held in the state. He said he had brought this to the notice of the CEC.

"I have explained to the CEC about how staff of the chief minister's office are collecting money for the election and transporting cash in police jeeps. This is clear misuse of official machinery in the home department. Kempaiah is acting as the super home minister. Though he has vacated his office in Vikasa Saudha, Kempaiah continues to work from several places,'' Gowda said.

The former prime minister has submitted a complaint to the CEC with six issues. He said all the issues pertain to violation of the code of conduct.

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