An audio recording between Manjunath KS alias Santro Ravi and a senior police officer has made it to the news. The significance of this episode is the history of Santro Ravi and the mention of Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai in the call.
Santro Ravi, who is accused of sexual assault, extortion, and sex trafficking, stated that the Chief Minister of the state refers to him as ‘sir’. “Even the chief minister addresses me as ‘Sir’. You are just a deputy superintendent. ‘Sir’ is what should come out of your mouth.”
Santro Ravi and the Government of Karnataka
Santro Ravi’s name is making rounds in the corridors of Vidhana Soudha for all the wrong reasons. The likes of Bommai and Home Minister Jnanendra have been refuting any involvement with the notorious individual.
ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳೆಲ್ಲ ನನ್ನ ಕೈಯ್ಯೊಳಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾನೆ ಸ್ಯಾಂಟ್ರೋ ರವಿ.
ತನಿಖೆಗೆ ಕರೆದ ಪೊಲೀಸರಿಗೇ ಆವಾಜ್ ಹಾಕುತ್ತಾನೆ.
ವರ್ಗಾವಣೆ ಮಾಡಿಸುವುದು ನನಗೆ ಲೀಲಾಜಾಲ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾನೆ.
ಗೃಹಸಚಿವರೇ ಅವನ ಈ ಆತ್ಮವಿಶ್ವಾಸದ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಶಕ್ತಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದಾರಾ?
— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) January 6, 2023
The audio call has been made viral by a police officer from Bengaluru rural region. Ravi is heard telling the officer to meet him at the government Kumarakruppa Guest House.
As the audio clip started going all around the state, pictures of Santro Ravi and ministers from Karnataka’s cabinet also started to make rounds on social media. One of the pictures also has Bharat Bommai, the son of the serving Chief Minister of the state.
The Opposition Attacks
JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy has asked the Chief Minister to order a probe to see the relations between the alleged criminal and the ministers in his cabinet. He also demanded the probe to know who provided Ravi access to the government guest house
The embarrassment continued to bother the ruling BJP government after JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy challenged the chief minister to order a probe into the alleged nexus between his Cabinet ministers and Santro Ravi.
Karnataka Congress has launched an attack on the government by putting out several photos of the alleged criminal. While a few of them show Ravi with the ministers from the government, the others show him bundles of cash.