Kumaraswamy announces SIT probe into audio clip row

Karnataka Chief Minister H.D Kumaraswamy announced a comprehensive SIT probe to 'bring out the truth' after an audio clip he released showed state BJP chief B.S Yeddyurappa in a purported conversation to lure a JD (S) MLA.

Kumaraswamy made the announcement in the state assembly after Speaker Ramesh Kumar suggested a special investigation team probe the episode to 'establish the truth' as his name has also been dragged into the row.

"Constitute an SIT to establish the truth. Give me relief in 15 days," a visibly anguished Ramesh said, urging Kumaraswamy, after all members said the speaker was known for his integrity and dignity of his office should be protected.

Kumaraswamy said he was also "pained" at the charge against the speaker and accepted his suggestion to form an SIT.

"I seek your permission to form the SIT for a comprehensive probe to bring out the truth," he told the speaker.

BJP members said the probe should be limited to the charge against the speaker as otherwise they had no trust in the government which was likely to misuse the SIT.