The BJP does not have to learn lessons from those who let off the Bitcoin accused when they were in power, Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Sunday, seeking to turn the tables on the Congress, a day after AICC general secretary RS Surjewala lobbed six questions at him.
Surjewala has demanded an independent investigation by a special investigation team (SIT) under the Supreme Court’s supervision. In a separate tweet, AICC leader Rahul Gandhi said the government was trying to “cover-up” the Bitcoin scam.
The BJP and Congress have been hurling charges at each other on the Bitcoin heist case after the Bengaluru Police filed a charge-sheet before a local court naming Srikrishna alias Sriki and others as the prime accused. The case has acquired importance because of the high-profile connections Sriki enjoys including with children of top politicians and businessmen.
Bommai wondered why the Congress, which was in power, did not pursue the Bitcoin case and, instead, let off the accused Srikrishna in 2018 after arresting him. Instead, the government then allowed him to grow big. “We don’t have to learn lessons from those who let off an accused,” the chief minister told reporters in Bengaluru.
Surjewala, he said, relying on a twitter blog, rather than solid evidence, to make allegations showed his “intellectual bankruptcy”, and it did not befit the spokesperson of a national political party.
The government, Bommai said, was open and transparent about the investigations, and will ruthlessly act on those involved. It was the state BJP regime that investigated the case and wrote to ED and CBI. He urged the Congress to reveal the names of the persons it had been threatening to disclose, and help with investigations.
The chief minister was aggressive in his attack on the Congress three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi apparently endorsed his leadership, asking him to focus on governance and not worry about the Bitcoin case.
Bommai had gone prepared to offer a detailed explanation on the Bitcoin case to the PM after it snowballed into a political controversy.