B S Yeddyurappa bribe diary forged: I-T official

B S Yeddyurappa bribe diary forged: I-T official

B S Yeddyurappa's purported diary, in which he detailed the bribes offered to various senior and central BJP leaders, was forged, the Income Tax Department has said, according to a report on The Hindu.

The original report detailed how Yeddyurappa had offered bribes in the tune of over Rs 1,800 crores and the Congress had demanded a Lokpal probe into the case. Yeddyurappa, for his part, dismissed the allegations, calling them "irrelevant and malicious"

The dismissal was announced by B R Balakrishna, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax and Director General (I-T Investigations), Karnataka and Goa, saying that the documents were forged.

He cited a CBDT statement that said it could not get a forensic investigation of the handwriting as the forensic science laboratory required the original copies of the document, which were not available.

On Friday, the CBDT had dismissed the reports on the diary's signature being that of the former CM.

“A search was carried out on D K Shivakumar and Group on August 2, 2017 by the Income Tax Investigation, Directorate of Karnataka and Goa. During the search, some loose papers were given to the raiding party. They were a xerox copy of Karnataka Legislative Assembly legislator’s diary pages of 2009, with details of numerical entries against some individual names. The original of these documents was never given,” the CBDT had said.

The Karnataka BJP on Saturday tweeted a demand for an apology from Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, saying that they will greet him with a defamation suit.