Bangalore: Karnataka Lokayukta
(anti-corruption watchdog) Santosh Hegde, who resigned from
his post, today found support from state Governor H R Bhardwaj
who strongly pitched for his continuance.
Referring to Hegde as his "old friend" whom he knew since
long, Bhardwaj said when the Lokayukta met him yesterday to
submit his resignation, he (Bhardwaj) had told him "we cannot
permit you to quit."
"I have his resignation... it is pending with me", he told
reporters on the sidelines of a function here today and added
"I requested him to witdraw his resignation but he did not
The Governor advised the state government to persuade
Hegde to withdraw his resignation and display "some gesture"
to this effect.
Hegde, known for his crusade against corruption, had
yesterday announced his resignation and accused the BJP
government of being indifferent to the Lokayukta institution.