Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has landed in fresh trouble as a complaint has been filed against him and the excise department on graft charges.

The complaint has been filed with anti-corruption bureau by Ravi Krishna Reddy, president of anti-corruption forum ‘Lanchamukta Karnataka Nirmana Vedike’, accusing the excise department of taking bribe in order to renew licenses of pubs in the state.

As per the complaint, Many restaurants and bars that do not come under the purview of SC highway liquor ban order had applied for renewal of licenses, alleging excise department had blackmailed them and asked them to pay the bribe for renewal.

It is important to note that excise department is headed by the CM. This is not the first time Siddaramaiah has been accused of corruption, the Karnataka CM was in controversy earlier too on the charges of graft in connection with the award of contracts to a firm where his son was a director.