BENGALURU: Suspended Congress leader Roshan Baig was on Monday detained at Bengaluru airport in connection with the multi-crore IMA Ponzi scam. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy informed about the special investigation team’s (SIT) action on Twitter, claiming a BJP legislator was present with Mr Baig on a chartered plane. He alleged the legislator’s presence proved the party’s involvement in destabilising the Congress-Janata Dal Secular government.
“Today SIT probing the IMA case detained Roshan Baig for questioning at the BIAL airport while he was trying to leave along with BS Yeddyurappa’s PA Santhosh on a chartered flight to Mumbai. I was told that on seeing the SIT, Santhosh ran away while the team apprehended Mr Baig,” Mr Kumaraswamy tweeted.
“BJP MLA Yogeshwar was present at the time there. It’s a shame that the BJP is helping a former minister escape, who is facing a probe in the IMA case. This clearly shows BJP’s direct involvement in destabilising the government through horse trading,” he added.
Sixteen Congress-JDS lawmakers have resigned and two independents have withdrawn support from the government, plunging the teetering coalition into a crisis. After they resigned, The lawmakers, whose resignation not been accepted by the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, are staying at a hotel in Mumbai.
Ten rebel lawmakers had approached the Supreme Court last week, which had ordered Mr Kumar to maintain status quo on the resignations till Tuesday. Five more lawmakers went to the court on Saturday. All their applications will be heard today.