Just 24 hours ahead of the D-day where the people of Karnataka give their decisive mandate, ruling Congress has dropped a bomb on the BJP. Congress has released a video showing BJP's candidate Sriramulu allegedly involving in the negotiation of a bribe. The video allegedly showcases Sriramulu discussing with the son-in-law of a former Supreme Court judge for a favorable ruling in the illegal iron ore mining involving Gali brothers.
Releasing the video, Congress alleged that the video shot in 2010 features now BJP's candidate from Badami constituency and close aide of mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy, Sriramulu, along with four middlemen holding talks with Sreenijan, the son-in-law of then chief justice KG Balakrishnan in regard to the illegal iron ore case of Gali Janardhan Reddy's Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC).
Congress alleged Sriramulu of offering crores as bribe to get a verdict in favor of him. Going into details, AP state government had banned Janardhan Reddy's OMC from operating mining in Anantapur district in 2009. Three months after this, the High Court of AP had cancelled the order in Feb 2010, after which AP state government has moved the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court on May 10, 2010 has ruled in favor of Gali brothers. The very next day after pronouncing the judgment, then Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan had retired. This had led to several allegations then. Congress has now released a video just 2 days ahead of assembly polls in Karnataka.
However, BJP has quickly responded on the video. BJP's chief Amit Shah has called the video as 'fake' and asked people of Karnataka not to believe such 'fake' videos. Amit Shah's response came on the last day of the poll campaigning. Along with Sriramulu, 8 other close aides of beleaguered Gali Janardhan Reddy have been given tickets in the ongoing elections.
After being in jail for more than 3 years, Gali has now come out on bail and canvased for the BJP in Karnataka.