Congress flays CM`s criticism of Santosh Hegde

Last Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 23:36

Bangalore: Opposition Congress on Friday flayed
Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda for criticising former
Lokayukta Santosh Hegde`s remarks on the government over the
illegal mining report and demanded that it clearly spell out
its stand on the anti-corruption watchdog`s version.

"The government should clearly spell out whether it has
accepted or rejected the Lokayukta report on illegal mining.
It has no powers to seek clarifications on the report under
the Lokayukta Act," KPCC President G Parameshwara said at a
press conference here.

He came down on Gowda`s remarks against Hegde that the
report was vague in nature while naming some officials.

"The government cannot close down the institution of
Lokayukta as it has been created by an act of legislature," he
said and reiterated his party`s stand that it would not allow
winding up of Lokayukta.

"Is the attack mounted by the government a personal attack
on Hegde or against his report on illegal mining?" he said.

Yesterday Gowda had hit out at Hegde`s remark against some
BJP leaders and raised doubts about some contents of the
report, including names of officials mentioned in it.

Parameshwara demanded a CBI probe into "financial
irregularities" in Bruhut Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

He said the state unit of Congress would tomorrow
felicitate five women who served in various fields to mark the
945th birth anniversary of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Indira Gandhi Vishishta Seva award which carries a cash
prize of Rs 10,000 and a citation would be presented to
Gayithri Nivas (Journalist), Geetha Naveen Kulkarni (Police
official), Dr M Bhagyalakshmi, Ruksana Hasan (both social
activists) and K Lokambi, a nurse at Victoria Hospital.

PTI




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