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Cash for poll ticket: SUV, FDs, cash recovered | Bengaluru News

BAGALKOT: The Central Crime Branch of the Bengaluru City police probing the alleged cash-for-BJP-ticket scam have seized fixed deposits worth Rs 1.1 crore, Rs 40 lakh in cash, gold ornaments over Rs 23 lakh and a Sports Utility Vehicle from the associates and relatives of prime suspect Chaitra Kundapur.
The Right-wing activist is still undergoing treatment at Victoria hospital.
Right-wing activist Chaitra and her seven associates are in custody for duping a city-based businessman of Rs 5 crore, promising him a BJP ticket from Byndoor in the assembly polls.
“Cash and gold were seized from Udupi, Kundapur and other nearby places while the SUV was seized in Bagalkot,” an officer said.
Chaitra, who developed uneasiness in police custody on Friday morning, is till undergoing treatment at Victoria Hospital. However, police have failed to trace Abhinava Halashri Swami, a pontiff from Hirehadagali and accused of receiving Rs 1.5 crore from the businessman.
Sources said the SUV purchased in March was parked at a farm belonging to Kiran Ganappagol, right-wing activist and owner of a driving school. According to police soueces, Chaitra’s PA Srikant had told Ganappagol to bring the SUV from Solapur, where it was parked at a restaurant. Ganappagol did so on September 9 and cops traced it.
Local police said Ganappagol was acquainted with Chaitra, when she had come to Mudhol for a programme in the past. Bagalkot superintendent of police Jayaprakash confirmed the seizure of the car and said that CCB police have detained Ganappagol for questioning.

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