According to the bills at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, three union ministers from Karnataka spend Rs 3 to 4 lakh every month on food and coffee.
The smell of scam put the officials of protocol department at the Kempegowda International Airport under scanner for fabricating the food and beverages bill raised in the name of VIPs passing through the airport.
The three union ministers who have fallen prey to this scam made by the protocol department are Union law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, minister for chemicals and fertilisers Ananth Kumar, and minister of state for food and civil aviation GM Siddeshwara.
Not only the minister have fallen prey to the scam, but the inflated bills have also been raised in the names of few Supreme Court judges, chief ministers of other states, governors of other states and foreign dignitaries.
The matter was investigated by the audit officials, that suggested that bill has been purposely fabricated and they are suspecting a retired under-secretary rank officer behind this scam.
“A minister had consumed five coffees, six glasses of juice, several sandwiches and six bottles of water at the same time, which is almost impossible. The ministers rarely get any time to spend in airports, most of the time they hurriedly board flights at the last moment. Rarely do they get something from the airport, like a cup of tea or coffee, but they don’t spend luxuriously on grand meals at airports” the officer added.