Bengaluru: Many BJP leaders in Karnataka are applauding the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for detaining former Karnataka minister and Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni, in connection with the 2016 murder case of Yogesh Gowda, a BJP leader from Dharwad.

As quoted by Daijiworld, Minister KS Eshwarappa said, "At one time power and money were being used for murder and extortion. But one cannot say that the same government will remain in power forever. Vinay Kulkarni is arrested by CBI. I welcome their action. The CBI is going to investigate this case impartially. If Vinay Kulkarni comes out unscathed in the investigation, I will be happy. There is no question of taking Vinay Kulkarni into BJP".

Regarding the same, BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel stated, "CBI was conducting investigation as per law in the murder case of zilla panchayat member. The arrest of Vinay Kulkarni is the lawful decision of the CBI. BJP had urged for investigation right after the murder took place. Our intention was that Yogesh Gowda's family should get justice. CBI has taken legal action after all investigation and inspection. Congress had the habit of finding politics in everything. During the Congress regime also CBI raids and arrests were happening. Was it being done due to their instigation? CBI is an autonomous body, and it has arrested Kulkarni as per law".

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On the other hand, chief minister BS Yediyurappa said, "Vinay Kulkarni is an accused in the murder case of Yogesh Gowda. That is why the CBI has arrested him. CBI has got evidence that is why they have taken him into custody. Everyone's intention is that the family of slain Yogesh Gowda should get justice at least now. It is absolutely false propaganda that Vinay Kulkarni is going to join BJP".

The CBI on Thursday morning detained former Congress Minister Vinay Kulkarni for questioning in connection with the murder of a BJP worker Yogesh Gowda in 2016, official sources said.

According to a CBI source, Kulkarni was brought to a police station in Dharwad from his residence in Sivagiri for questioning.