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Bengaluru bed scam: Karnataka HC dismissed plea seeking action against BJP MP Tejasvi Surya

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Karnataka High Court dismissed a plea filed by Congress Leader YB Srivatsa against BJP MP Tejasvi Surya over his allegations on the Bengaluru bed scam. 

The Court observed that the plea was politically motivated and was not filed in the public interest.

Congress previously praised Surya for exposing the BJP ruled municipality for a COVID scam, however, it later slammed him for giving it a communal twist by catching 17 Muslim officers. 

On 12th May, the High Court ordered a probe into the Bengaluru bed scam, it directed the state government to investigate the case along with a senior IPS officer.

The High Court also stated that the police investigating team must include one officer from the cyber wing.

Bengaluru Police have arrested three people- Sudhir, Venkoba Rao and Anthony from Sapthagiri Hospital in connection with the scam. 

The scam drew attention after BJP MP and youth leader Tejasvi Surya alleged irregularities in the allotment of beds to COVID patients in the city of South Bengaluru and accused the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) war room officials of running a racket to falsely book beds for money. 

The beds were allotted to the COVID patients and Surya alleged a scam of over 4065 beds in Bengaluru. The bed allotment scam case was referred to the central Crime Branch for investigation. 

Surya claimed that certain BBMP officials, Aarogya Mitra hospitals, and private agents were creating an artificial shortage by illegal activities.

The BJP Leader inculcated severe criticism for allegedly giving the issue a communal colour by questioning the appointment of 16 Muslim officers in a live stream programme. 

Surya responded by saying that even before he went to the COVID-19 war room to expose the irregularities where he questioned the basis behind the appointment of 16 Muslims, the private agency, which got the contract to operate the COVID war room.