Rahman says charge politically motivated, BJP seeks resignation

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 14:53 hrs

New Delhi: Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan today dismissed as "politically motivated" the complaint lodged against him with Karnataka Lokayukta on alleged misappropriation of bank funds even as the BJP demanded his resignation.

"With Assembly elections in Karnataka round the corner, such politically motivated acts are being resorted to by the BJP government in the state," Khan told reporters rejecting the Karnataka State Minorities Commission's complaint against him before the Lokayukta.

Khan said if he had misappropriated Rs 300 crore during his tenure, there would have been "zero balance in the bank".

According to the complaint filed before the Upalokayukta against Khan and others by Commission Chairman Anwar Manippady, they allegedly misappropriated public money in Amanath Co-Operative Bank when Khan was its President.

"It is all political," Khan said alleging that the State Minorities Commission Chairman was acting at the behest of the BJP government in the state.

Khan alleged that Minority Commission Chairman was attempting to involve him as the Lokayukta police had raided Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister K Easwarappa's residence "and have laid bare BJP connections in the scam".

"Now the Karnataka elections are coming. Because I am popular...they want to make it as an issue," he said.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said "Rahman Khan should resign from his post".

"Let first Easwarappa resign," Khan said rejecting the BJP demand.

Claiming that the state minorities commission chairman had earlier alleged a Waqf scam to the tune of Rs 2,20,000 crore scam-- in which he had involved all Congress leaders, Khan said, "So far not a single iota of thing has been proved on this because none of us were involved."

"There is no new matter. The same matter again and again," he said.

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