BENGALURU- Karnataka BJP MLA’s son Prashanth Madal, was caught red-handed by the Karnataka Lokayukta officials while accepting a bribe of Rs 40 lakh on Thursday. His father is sitting BJP MLA from Channagiri Assembly constituency, K Madal Virupakshappa.
The chief accountant of Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), Prashanth Madal, was caught red-handed by the Karnataka Lokayukta officials while accepting a bribe of Rs 40 lakh on Thursday. Prashanth is the son of sitting BJP MLA from Channagiri Assembly constituency, K Madal Virupakshappa.
V Prashant Madal was apprehended by the Lokayukta police after receiving money from a private individual at the Crescent Road office of his father and Channagiri MLA K Madal Virupakshappa
With Karnataka set to go to the polls later this year, the development is seen as a serious setback for the ruling BJP. The incident came to light at a time when the opposition is attacking the BJP government in Karnataka over 40 per cent `commission` and kickbacks in government tenders.
According to sources, Prashanth had demanded Rs 80 lakh as bribe to clear a tender process. He was caught red-handed while accepting Rs 40 lakh at his office.
Prashanth has been taken into custody by the Lokayukta police who are now verifying the documents.
The FIR leading to Prashant’s arrest was filed on Thursday morning by the individual who was asked to pay the bribe. According to the Lokayukta police, Prashant’s father is also the chairman of Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Ltd (K&SDL), and the bribe amount was intended for him. The police said that the actual demand was for Rs 81 lakh, of which the individual was handing over Rs 40 lakh.