HUBBALLI SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2019 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION RELOCATING STRAYING TIGER SAFELY INTO THE WILD IN MP S H E K H A R YA D A V @ Satpura (Madhya Pradesh) WITH the controversy over tigress Avni’s shooting by Maharashtra forest officials in November still fresh, a phone call from an official of Coalition, BJP row to escalate The confrontation between the ruling combine and the opposition BJP is likely to further escalate. On Monday, when the House reassembles, the BJP is readying to release a video footage in which Kumaraswamy is allegedly demanding B25 crore from an aspiring legislator for an MLC seat. camera kit and a two-member team comprising Satpura’s Assistant Director V S Yadav and veterinary doctor Gurudutt Sharma. The tiger had earlier been trapped at the Sarni Thermal Power station in Madhya CM throws quit dare at BSY over ‘authentic’ audio clips Coalition raises heat on BJP, HDK says tapes will be sent for forensic tests E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru Modi’s Hubballi campaign today Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch BJP’s Lok Sabha election campaign in Karnataka with a rally in Hubballi on Sunday evening. Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah are expected to address a series of rallies in the state. The PM is expected to continue his tirade against the Cong-JD(S) govt. the Satpura Tiger Reserve to capture on camera the relocation of a man-eater’s fully grown cub was too tempting to let go. I reached Kanha National Park on a cold, misty morning in late January with my Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy after inaugurating the Mahamastakabhisheka at Dharmasthala on Saturday. Minister U T Khader is also seen | RAJESH SHETTY BALLABAGH It is a conspiracy to destabilise the elected government in the state. Our party is also seeking legal opinion on the next course of action Home Minister M B Patil A day after putting the opposition BJP on the backfoot with audio clips, the ruling combine in Karnataka on Saturday upped the ante against embattled BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa. The government is now contemplating sending the audio clips, allegedly of Yeddyurappa speaking to the son of a JD(S) MLA, trying to woo him over, for forensic examination. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy vouched for its authenticity and even offered to resign if the tapes were found to have been doctored. Hours before presenting the state budget, the CM had on Friday released audio clips to corroborate his charge that the BJP leaders are attempting to destabilise the government by poaching Congress and JD S) legislators. Yeddyurappa had rubbished the allegation by terming it as a doctored tape and had offered take political sanyas if the charges are proved. “I am saying from this temple town that if it is proved that the voice in the audio clip is not that of Yeddyurappa and it is has been doctored or is a mimicry then he need not resign, I , will resign,” Kumaraswamy declared while talking to mediapersons in Dharmasthala. To end to any debate over the authenticity of the audio clips, the Home Department is contemplating sending them for forensic examination. “Since BJP leaders have raised doubts over its authenticity, we are thinking of sending them for forensic examination to find out the truth ,” said Home Minister M B Patil. “It is a conspiracy to destabilise the elected government in the state. Our party is also seeking legal opinion on the next course of action,” he added. Many senior Congress leaders, including Mallikarjuna Kharge are demanding probe, Congress workers staged protests at several places in the state, including Bengaluru, demanding action against MORE ON P5 the BJP leader. The eye of the tiger (left) snapped from outside a hole in its cage; and the big cat leaps off to freedom in the Bori range of Satpura | SHEKHAR YADAV Pradesh and taken to Kanha for observation. After two months of monitoring, the tiger was ready to be set free into the wild. Officials tranquilised the big cat and measured its vital statistics before loading it on to a truck for a 400-km ride. Twenty hours later, at an appropriate spot in the Bori range of Satpura, I captured the moment the tiger jumped out of the cage with a roar that sent a shiver down my PHOTO FEATURE: P7 spine. The trapped tiger’s mother had made two human kills in Oct in Maharashtra, so it was kept under observation at Kanha. After finding it had full natural wild instincts, it was released in Satpura on Feb 1 V S Yadav, Assistant Director Finally, CBI gets to question Mamata’s ‘best police officer’ P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Shillong KOLKATA Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar was grilled for more than eight hours by sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation in Meghalaya capital Shillong on Saturday . His lawyer Biswajit Deb, however, claimed Kumar was not interrogated as he is not an accused in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund case. “He is here to share information with the CBI,” Deb said, adding, “He has cooperated before and he is doing it now.” Escorted by Meghalaya Police and accompanied by Kolkata Additional Commissioner of Police Jawed Samim, Deputy Commissioner (Special Task Force) Murlidhar Sharma and Deb, Kumar arrived at the office of CBI at Oakland in the picturesque hill station at 10.45 am and left at 7.20 pm in a convoy of police vehicles. He will be subjected to inter ro g ation a g ain on Sunday . The trio accompanying Kumar had also entered the CBI office but they were not allowed entry into the interrogation room. His legal counsel was told he could sit in a room next to where the interrogation was taking place. However, all three were seen venturing in and out of the CBI office. Around 4 pm, former TMC Rajya Sabha member, Kunal Ghosh, an accused in the case who was incarcerated and now out on bail, arrived in the city after being summoned by the CBI. There is a possibility that he will be questioned together with Kumar on Sunday . EXPRESS READ PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE ART IN THE PIXEL AGE Trinamool Congress MLA shot dead Krishnagar (WB): Trinamool Congress MLA Satyajit Biswas was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Phoolbari, Hanskhali, in Nadia district on Saturday evening, police said. 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