Dinesh Gundu Rao Demands Judicial Probe into Alleged Irregularities in COVID Management
Udupi: Former KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting High Court judge against the large-scale corruption in COVID management in Karnataka to the tune of at least Rs 2,000 crore.
Speaking at a press meet held at the Congress Bhavan on August 3, Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “The BJP-led government is mired in corruption in Karnataka. BJP government is looting money in the name of COVID-19, which is proved in the affidavits submitted to the court by the government”.
Dinesh Gundu Rao further said, “The chief minister is asking for cooperation from the opposition. Should we support them for looting the money? The total money spent on COVID management is Rs 4,167 crore, whereas the ministers say that only Rs 324 crore has been spent. The equipment and materials were purchased double or triple the actual cost”.
Dinesh Gundu Rao also said, “A former BJP MLA and a medical doctor, has filed a complaint with the Lokayukta. In his letter, he has stated that the 15 ventilators supplied by a firm to the government were useless and second hand. These ventilators do not possess any standard certificates. The BJP government is a curse to the people of the state. This government is trying to make money on the corpses of the COVID victims”.
The government implemented the lockdown untimely, which destroyed both the health of the people and also the economy. Since the government did not take strict precautionary measures, infections are increasing.
Coming down heavily on the state and Central government for failing to reach out to the poor who are in distress, Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “The auto and cab drivers, street vendors are yet to get the relief amount announced by the government”.
Former Minister Dr Jayamala, Vinay Kumar Sorake, district Congress president Ashok Kumar Kodavoor, Congress leaders G A Bava, U R Sabhapathi, Veronica Cornelio, Roshni Oliver, Geetha Wagle, Harish Kini, Dinesh Putran and others were present.