Bengaluru, Jun 10: Amid speculations of leadership change in Karnataka, BJP National General Secretary in-charge of the state, Arun Singh on Thursday ruled out replacing the Chief Minister and asserted that B S Yediyurappa will continue in the top post.

"Yediyurappa is the Chief Minister, he is doing a good job and will remain the Chief Minister.

He has done a good job during the COVID situation, all the Ministers and the party- everyone have done a good job," Singh said.

Addressing reporters in Delhi, he said no discussions have happened at the high command level regarding seeking resignation from the Chief Minister.

"Yediyurappa is doing a good job as the CM, he is working hard along with Ministers and legislators, organisation is also functioning well..

he (Yediyurappa) will continue (as CM)," he said as he termed talks about replacing CM, also state party president Nalin Kumar Kateel as "rumour" and "imaginary".

Speculations have been rife for some time now that efforts were on, by a section of the ruling BJP to exert pressure for unseating Yediyurappa.

Amid reports, Yediyurappa on Sunday said he will continue in the top post as long as the BJP high command has confidence in him, and he had no confusion about it.

Responding to a question on Yediyurappa's statement, Singh said, the Chief Minister as a loyal party worker has expressed his faith in the leadership.

".. our high command is such that everyone, whether it is state presidents, Chief Ministers and leaders, have faith in the high command.

On open statements being made by some MLAs and leaders against the state leadership and the CM, Sing said no one should make such public statements, and explanations will be sought from those who have indulged in such activities.

"If one has any issues, they can talk to me when I go there, but no one should make a public statement," he said.

Leaders like MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and MLC A H Vishwanath, have been embarrassing the government with their statements, Tourism Minister C P Yogeshwar recently got added to the list.

To a query on MLAs indulging in signature campaigns, Sing said the legislators should work for the welfare of the people of their constituency.

"If any legislator has any grievances, I'm visiting the state and will hear them," he said.

Following a series of political statements regarding attempts to replace Yediyurappa, his political secretary and MLA M P Renukacharya had claimed of having a letter signed by more than 65 legislators in favour of the Chief Minister.

However, Yediyurappa and state leadership had asked MLAs not to indulge in signature campaigns and instead focus on COVID management in their respective constituencies.

Singh said he is likely to visit Karnataka for three days some time next week, while giving no clarity whether a legislature meeting will be convened during the visit.

"..will see after going there," he said.

This is even as some BJP legislators are said to be pushing for convening a legislature party meeting, pointing at certain decisions taken by the government, its functioning, handling of the COVID crisis and alleged instances of corruption, among others.

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Bengaluru, Jun 12: Karnataka police on Saturday said they have busted a Rs 290 crore plus scam that involved duping people through a mobile app after promising attractive interest on investment and two Chinese nationals were among the nine arrested.

The scam, aided by shell companies, is linked to money laundering and the suspected kingpin is a Kerala based business man with proximity to Chinese 'hawala' operators, they said.

Cyber Crime Division of CID said it has arrested accused persons, including two Chinese nationals, two Tibetans and five others acting as directors of the companies involved, and a search is on for the rest.

A complaint from Razor pay Software Private Limited said accused persons availed 'payment solutions' from them, claiming that they are in gaming, social and e-commerce businesses.

They, however, defrauded the company by using computer resources and by deviating from their original, registered line of business, the plaint said.

They started routing their transactions to collect payments from a different business named "Powerbank", an app listed in Google Playstore, cyber police said in a release.

Through customer complaints, the complainant company got to know that public invested money in the "Powerbank" app to earn interest on the invested amount.

The accused persons, after accepting the investments, neither gave the agreed interest nor the principal amount and cheated customers.

A case was registered under the Information Technology Act and 420 IPC (Cheating), the CCD said and added that the investigating team were successful in arresting nine men.

During investigation, it was found that Anas Ahmed, a Kerala based businessman, is the main person involved.

"We have also identified that he has very proximate connections with the Chinese hawala operators, which has come to light during the course of the investigation.

He had opened shell companies in the name of Bull Finch Technologies, H & S ventures and Clifford ventures to route the fraud money. Anas Ahamed is married to Chinese national and incidentally he did his studies in China," police said in the release.

Online applications hosted by him were later camouflaged and converted into different apps including Power Bank application, seeking investment from the public and promising good returns, the CCD said.

An unusual spike was seen in investments on the day Anees Ahmed announced much higher returns.

Subsequently, such apps were removed from Google Playstore and other websites and he absconded with the money.

Investigation showed Rs 290 crore inflow into his bank accounts and the CCD was successful in freezing a significant portion of it. There was a huge spike in opening of shell companies since November 2020.

"We have also observed that the Chinese handlers are in possession of a huge number of shell companies and bank accounts. Lured by the offer of the Chinese nationals, many innocent Indians and Tibetans have fallen in their trap to open shell companies and open bank accounts for them."