Karnataka govt defends judicial probe into land scams
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 22:52
Bangalore: The BJP Government in Karnataka Thursday defended its decision of ordering a judicial probe into the allegations of land scam faced by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, though a complaint on the same issue was pending before the Lokayukta.

The government said the judicial inquiry headed by former state high court judge B Padmaraj covered a larger gamut of issues than those raised in a complaint by JDS before the Lokayukta.

Lokayukta Santosh Hegde had yesterday expressed his reservations over the judicial probe saying that the government had not sought his permission.

Hegde had also made it clear that he would go head with the inquiry on the complaint received by him.

The state cabinet that met here today discussed the objections raised by Hegde and viewed that "The Karnataka Lokayukta Act is a state act while the Commission of Enquiry Act under which the probe has been ordered is a central Act."

"The central act takes precedence over the state act", Higher Education Minister Dr V S Acharya told reporters briefing about the cabinet decisions.

He said the government expected any authority investigating into the issue to share all the information and details of the probe and proceedings carried so far to the exclusive Commission set up to look into the issue.

"The probe is a broad spectrum one and covers all such matters, including denotification of land and KIADB issue since 1995 while the Lokayukta inquiry only pertained to denotification of land by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and the KIADB issue"

Refuting allegations that the government was reluctant to a Lokayukta probe on the issue, he said, "prima facie there is nothing to hide. We have entrusted the whole gamut to the Commission of Enquiry"

To questions raised by the Lokayukta on the need for permission to be sought before initiating a second probe he said, legal luminaries would study the issue. "We will have to look into", he said.


First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 22:52

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