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Karnataka CM says no winding up of Lokayukta

Last Updated: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 21:15

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister DV
Sadananda Gowda on Monday said there was no plans before the
government to wind up the Lokayukta, a day after his party
state unit president KS Eswarappa expressed doubts about the
utility of the agency in the wake of it facing allegations of
corruption.

"Just because somebody has made some allegations,
institutions like Lokayukta cannot be closed down," he told
reporters after laying foundation stone for a four-lane road
work on the national highway near Nelamangala, on the city
outskirts.

There has been criticism about working of the Lokayukta
institution in the recent past and some political party
leaders even questioned its existence, he said without naming
anyone.

Eswarappa, while reacting to a reported statement by
former Lokayukta SP Madhukar Shetty that corruption was
rampant in the anti-corruption watchdog itself, had suggested
to his government to think about its continuance.

Time has come to think if one needed an institution like
Lokayukta and its utility to check corruption. "I want the
government to seek expert’s opinion on this issue," Eswrappa
had stated.

Meanwhile, state Congress chief G Parameshwara opposed
winding up of the Lokayukta.

PTI

First Published: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 21:15
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