Bengaluru: After being embroiled in the ‘luxury watch scandal’, another case of nepotism emerged against Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. He has been accused of favouring his son, Dr Yathindra, in a tender awarded by the state’s premier Victoria Hospital to set up a CT and MRI scanning lab in its premises.
The Opposition alleged that the chief minister’s son was co-awarded the plum project to set up a diagnostic laboratory inside the premises of the government-run Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI).
Siddaramaiah, however, defended his son saying that that there was no wrongdoing on the part of his government as the process was transparent. He said his son Yathindra will resign if any rules were violated.
Meanwhile, in an interview to a local news channel, Yathindra said since the issue had become controversial, he had decided to move out of the company though he had not done anything wrong.
The tender was floated under the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act, 1999 for rendering a CT and MRI scanning lab which is being operated under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Bima Yojana.