Karnataka: Court summons Rahul Gandhi, Siddaramaiah '40% Commission' charges against BJP

This comes just a week after the Karnataka High Court directed the state government to finalize its investigation into the '40% commission' claims within six weeks. After the Congress' rise to power in May 2023, a judicial probe was initiated to examine the allegations.

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A Karnataka Court has summoned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, and his deputy DK Shivakumar to appear on March 28, 2024, in connection with their allegations of '40% commission' by the previous BJP government in Karnataka.

PayCM to court summons

During last year's Assembly elections, the Congress heavily criticized the BJP administration for alleged corruption, even displaying 'PayCM' posters featuring former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. Following the incident, a complaint was filed by a BJP lawyer, which triggered the court summons.

Karnataka HC directs to finalize its investigation

This comes just a week after the Karnataka High Court directed the state government to finalize its investigation into the '40% commission' claims within six weeks. After the Congress' rise to power in May 2023, a judicial probe was initiated to examine the allegations.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi from the BJP recently took a swipe at the Congress government and alleged that they took '50% commissions' instead of the alleged 40%. His allegations came days after the corruption leveled against his party by Congress leader B Shivaramu.

Political tension rises in Karnataka

The court summons and ongoing investigations have reignited a political tussle between the BJP and Congress, raising questions about the legitimacy of the '40% commission' claims and the extent of corruption under both administrations. As the investigation progresses and the court hearing takes place, this ongoing saga is poised to keep the political landscape of Karnataka charged.