Kasaragod : Police recovered Rs 1 lakh from the bribe BJP paid Sundara toward withdrawing his nomination in the constituency K Surendran contested Assembly election from. Sundrara had entrusted the bribe money with a friend, who in turn deposited that in the bank. Police have also collected bank records and information pertaining to the deposit.
BJP pad a total of Rs 2 lakh in cash, half of which, according to Sundara, got spent. Sundara also received a smart phone in the deal, which too was recovered by the probe team. They also examined CCTV images of the shop that sold the device and the visuals showed a BJP worker purchase the said mobile.
According to Sundara, the promise for nomination withdrawal totaled to Rs 15 lakh with an added reward of setting up a wine parlour, if K Surendran could win the seat. BSP fielded Sundara as their candidate after he bagged 467 votes in 206 elections as an independent albeit mostly on mistaken identity basis.
Hence BJP calculated to cash in on that gap by getting Sundara to move out of the fray. Sundrara’s confession comes close on heels of JRP treasurer Praseetha’s allegation that her tribal party supremo CK Janu was paid Rs 10 lakh by K Surendran to roll her back into NDA fold, should she win Mananthawadi seat.