Bengaluru: Controversial businessman Ashok Kheny joined Congress on Monday. Kheny owns the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) which built a ring road around Bengaluru city. He is an independent MLA from Bidar South Assembly seat in Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
Chief minister Siddaramaiah who welcomed the businessman to Congress, had in fact constituted a joint legislative committee to probe allegations of irregularities against Kheny’s company just a year back. The NICE scam is pegged at over Rs 1 lac crore and Kheny is accused of grabbing farm lands for road projects and also diverting land for private illegal townships along the NICE road. The Congress government had also recommended serious criminal action against Kheny.
Late Dharam Singh’s son-in-law Chandra Singh who was a Congress ticket aspirant from Kheny’s constituency is upset and said that Kheny is corrupt and won in 2013 only due to his money power.
CM Siddaramaiah told reporters in Mysuru airport that there was no opposition from anyone in Congress regarding Kheny’s induction.