Congress expels Karnataka MLA Roshan Baig from primary membership for ‘anti-party’ activities

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Congress party on Tuesday suspended Karnakata MLA R Roshan Baig from the primary membership for indulging in ‘anti-party’ activities. The move came following an enquiry called by the grand old party.

Earlier many congress Lawmakers have written to the State party president Dinesh Gundu Rao demanding to expel Roshan Baig from party’s primary membership for having alleged links with Mohammed Mansoor Khan, the main accused in IMA’s Ponzi scheme.

In a press statement issued by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee stated that ‘All India Congress Committee has approved the proposal sent by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) to take action against R. Roshan Baig, MLA on account of his anti-party activities. He has been suspended from the party with immediate effect.

State Office Bearers have also demanded KPCC Chief Dinesh Gundo Rao to take strict action against those who helped Khan in the financial fraud. The development comes days after the founder of IMA Jewels Mohammed Mansoor Khan accused Roshan Baig of taking ₹400 crores from him and not returning it.

Roshan Baig is eight-time Lawmaker who has served as Home Minister and Cabinet Minsiter holding different portfolios in the past.

However, Roshan Baig dismissed the allegations calling it a conspiracy to tarnish him. He also requested Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to order an investigation in the whole issue. He said that CM should refer the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a quick probe.

It should be noted that the Karnataka Government has constituted an 11 member SIT to investigate the alleged fraud by IMA Jewel. 38,000 complaints have been filed by those who invested in the firm until now. While 18 complaints have been filed in the High Court seeking direction to State Government to hand over the IMA Case to the Central Probing Agency, CBI.

The State Police have also registered several cases against IMA Jewels, Mohammed Mansoor Khan and teams have been formed to arrest them. Police had earlier arrested seven directors of seven different entities linked to IMA and Khan.

It is alleged that IMA Jewels, who has primary Muslim investors had not paid interest for the investment for the last three months.

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