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JD(U) seeks CBI probe into use of `Telgi funds' by Cong.

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, MAY 9. Keeping up the pressure on the Congress even after the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the State unit of the Janata Dal (United) has demanded that a CBI investigation be ordered into the alleged use of funds provided by the prime accused in the fake stamp paper scandal, Abdul Karim Telgi, to play host to the Congress and National Congress Party MLAs from Maharashtra when they had taken refuge in the State in June 2002.

The JD (U) has submitted a memorandum to the Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, demanding that the CBI investigate the way the expenses on hosting the Maharashtra legislators were met. About 100 legislators had been kept incommunicado at a resort near Nelamangala in Bangalore Rural district. They had been brought here to save the Congress-NCP Government led by Vilasrao Deshmukh, which was sought to be toppled by the Shiv Sena-BJP Opposition.

The memorandum, which has been submitted by the unit Secretary, T.J. Abraham, has referred to the allegation levelled by the Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, Nitin Gadkari of the Bharatiya Janata Party, that Rs. one crore provided by Telgi had been used by the Congress leaders to fly the Maharashtra legislators to Bangalore and meet the expenses of their stay at the resort. Mr. Abraham has sought an investigation into the role of, among others, the Home Minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, the Urban Development Minister, D.K. Shivakumar, and the former Minister, Roshan Baig, in the matter. Copies of reports, which had appeared in various newspapers at that time, have been included in the memorandum.

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