The organisations have accused the minister of ‘falsely’ stating that he belongs to the ‘Budaga Jangama’ caste. They have also charged the minister of coercing Mulbagal tahsildar to issue a similar certificate to his brother G. Venkataramana.
They alleged: “The legislator is pressuring the authorities concerned to issue a false caste certificate to his brother even before his (Manjunath’s) issue is settled in court.”
“Some influential sections of society and wealthy people are grabbing the constitutionally guaranteed facilities meant for Scheduled Castes and Tribes by getting false caste certificates,” alleged R. Srinivasan, former president of zilla panchayat.
In his defence, Mr. Manjunath has filed a petition declaring that the said certificate dated 03.04.2012 is valid and legal.