A non-cognisable offence has been registered by the police against the Karnataka Congress President D K Shivakumar following a complaint, which alleged that he distributed cash during a poll campaign.
The complainant alleged that the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President had "thrown money" at Bevinahalli village in Mandya Taluk on Tuesday, a day before the Election Commission announced the Karnataka Assembly election schedule.
"We haven't registered an FIR yet. A non-cognisable offence has been taken up and the matter will be presented before the court seeking its direction," Mandya Superintendent of Police Yathish N told news agency PTI.
Meanwhile, Congress workers in Mandya said Mr Shivakumar was only paying money to the artists, who had performed a cultural event during the party campaign.
They refuted the allegation that he distributed money to lure voters ahead of the May 10 polls.
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