Says minister should quit or be dismissed
The Congress on Monday demanded an inquiry into the “scandals” of Higher Education Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan.
KPCC spokesperson Ramesh Babu said Ashwath Narayan was involved in the PSI scam, scandals the appointment of Vice Chancellors and principals in government universities, andirregularities in the distribution of about 1.5 lakh tablets and laptops.
Addressing a press conference with party leader and ex-mayor Ramachandra and KPCC member N Diwakar, he said there should be an impartial investigation into these matters.
Babu’s main demand was to institute a proper inquiry into the November 2020suicide of Dr N.S. Ashok Kumar, who was a former registrar of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Ashok Kumar, an aspirant for the position of Vice Chancellor, had to allegedly bribe officers under Ashwath Narayan.
Babu wanted to know whether these officers were government- appointed or personally recruited by Ashwath Narayan. “I request the CM to take this case up suo motu and set up a commission of inquiry into the death of Ashok Kumar. If the matter is referred to the CBI or the central government , we can expect justice. My request is that the Higher Education Minister of Karnataka should be sacked or must resign from the government.”
Further, , he demanded an inquiry into the alleged appointment of Ashwath Narayan’s relatives P. Pradeep,the (IAS officer from the Maharashtra Cadrewho becamehis Principal Secretary when he was a Deputy chief minister; Bhagawan and Ramesh Reddy,who were appointed teachers in government colleges, despite not being qualified for the posts.