Kerala BJP suspends leader for threatening businessman
The action was taken after a local TV channel released an audio tape wherein the leader was heard threatening the businessman for refusing to pay donation to the partyindia Updated: Aug 05, 2017 21:13 IST
The Kerala BJP on Saturday suspended a leader of its Kollam district unit for allegedly threatening a businessman who refused to give donation to the party.
The whip was wielded after a news channel released an audio tape in which the leader, identified only by his first name Subash, was heard threatening businessman K Manoj for failing to cough up Rs 5000 as a “contribution” to the party fund.
Manoj, who runs a water-bottling plant in Chavara, said he recorded the conversation as the BJP leader frequently threatened him.
Manoj claimed he was willing to pay Rs 3000. But Subash warned that he would close down the bottling plant if the businessman did not pay the amount he demanded.
Manoj said he will also file a police compliant against the BJP leader.
Subash, however, denied the allegation.
But the BJP, already battling charges of its leaders being involved in medical seat allotment scam, acted swiftly to suspend the district leader.
An internal investigation report of the BJP, leaked to the media a fortnight ago, found involvement of some leaders in the scam.
The probe was initiated after R Shaji, owner of Varkala-based SR Medical College and Research Center, claimed paying Rs 5.6 crore to RS Vinod, a youth leader of the party, to get Medical Council of India recognition for the Kerala Medical College & Hospital set up in Palakkad district.
Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the video of the BJP leader threatening the businessman further exposed the party, which is already got mired in the medical scam.