Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy
Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru: Just days after the Narcotics Control Bureau busted a high-profile drug racket operated by a woman and allegedly involving Sandalwood actors, former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday alleged money from the drug mafia was used to pull down his government last year.

Giving details, he said the leaders of the drug racket were allegedly hiding in Sri Lanka during the coalition government’s regime and that money from this drug mafia and cricket betting was used to bring down the Congress-JD(S) government.

"When I was the CM, some (drug peddlers) had fled to Sri Lanka due to the fear of our govt’s action against the drug mafia. The mafia is responsible for the destabilisation of the coalition govt. The money from drug mafia, dance bars and cricket betting was used to topple the coalition govt," HDK, former Karnataka CM.

On August 21, the NCB had raided several places and recovered huge quantity of drugs used in rave parties. Several actors and musicians from Karnataka came under the scanner for their alleged involvement in the drug racket thereafter.

Joining the fray, Sandalwood filmmaker Indrajit Lankesh alleged that several actors in the industry were using drugs at rave parties.

Reacting to this statement, Home Minister and BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai said: “As Lankesh claimed in a statement to local news channels that a few film actors whom he knows were into drugs, we have asked him to give us details. We ordered the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police to probe the Kannada film industry’s links to drugs.”

Immediately, the CCB summoned and grilled Lankesh for five hours. The filmmaker said he had passed on a list of 15 names to the sleuths, locations where rave parties had been held in the past and the names of drug peddlers.

Following the tip-off by Lankesh, CCB chief Sandeep Patil said the agency would widen the probe.

Covid-19 cases swell in Karnataka

Bengaluru

There was a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in Karnataka on Tuesday with 9,058 people testing positive, taking the total caseload to 3,51,481. There were 135 Covid-related fatalities, pushing the death toll to 5,837.

With restrictions being relaxed further, wearing of masks and physical distancing have gone for a toss even as Bengaluru recorded 2,967 new Covid cases and 40 deaths. Covid cases are on the rise in districts also with Mysuru recording 737 new cases. Ballari, Belagavi, Dakishina Kannada, Haveri and Tumakuru had cases above 300 on Tuesday.

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