Karnataka CM thanks Karunanidhi, Gopal
Karnataka Chief Minister J H Patel on Monday
thanked his Tamil Nadu counterpart M Karunanidhi and Nakkeeran
editor R R Gopal for securing the release of the eight Karnataka forest
personnel from Veerappan's custody.
Patel said Veerappan would definitely surrender. He added that his primary interest was to secure the release of the eight personnel from captivity and he would leave the rest to
He said the Karnataka government would transfer more
than a hundred cases against Veerappan from different courts in
the state to Tamil Nadu with the Supreme Court's permission.
The chief minister pointed out that the bandit's surrender would save the
state exchequer millions of rupees spent to nab him every year.
According to the cassette sent by Veerappan, Patel said the
brigand would surrender before the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and
Asked whether Veerappan would join politics, Patel jocularly
replied that the bandit could contest elections and Karunanidhi could
induct him into his ministry while he would take former Special Task
Force chief Shankar Bidri into his cabinet.
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