Mangaluru: U T Khader denies allegations of scam in state government

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru, May 19: Minister for Food and Civil Supplies U T Khader on Friday, May 19 denied allegations that Karnataka cadre IAS officer Anurag Tiwari was about to expose scams worth crores of rupees which took place under the current Congress-led government in Karnataka.

Addressing mediapersons at Circuit House Khader said, "Anurag Tiwari was posted as commissioner in the department of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs in Bengaluru from January 4, 2017. Serving at the office for 138 days, Tiwari worked only for 37 days. He was on official leave for IAS training for the rest of the days. He was also the observer for UP elections during January."

"During this period, Tiwari did not mention anything about the scams worth crores of rupees either orally or in written form. Now, the UP government is investigating the case. We are ready to co-operate in every possible way. Regarding allegations made by opposition on the scam, I am not aware how this issue of scam came up. Tiwari never brought any scam to my notice. We never knew that he was under any pressure. The opposition party are known for politicising issues and they have that reputation in the state too. So an inquiry should be conducted and the cause of the death should be known," he added.  

Earlier report

Anurag Tiwari did not bring any scam to my notice - U T Khader

Bengaluru, May 19 (DHNS): Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader on Thursday said Anurag Tiwari, the commissioner of the department, had not brought any scam in the department to his notice.

“He (Tiwari) never mentioned about any scam in the department. He was also in charge of the Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Corporation. If there was any such scam, he would have brought it to my notice,” he said, on seeking his reaction to the statement by Tiwari’s brother’s Mayank that the officer was about to expose a major scam.

Mayank had said honest officers were being targeted in Karnataka and suspected that his brother was one of the victims.

He claimed that Anurag was about to expose a scam worth over Rs 2,000 crore in the state. Anurag’s family members have been suspecting foul play.

Sources in the department said Tiwari had not mentioned any major scam in any of the official correspondences with the government. He used to take leave very often, it is said.