Bangalore: Controversy returned to haunt Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj over allegations that he had been pitching for his personal assistant`s name for inclusion in the IPS officer cadre.
According to reports, Tuesday, Bhardwaj had written a letter to the then state chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in May last year asking him to promote KC Venkatarao Mane, Under Secretary to Governor, to IPS grade.
Mane, an auxillary officer, was not eligible to be promoted to an IPS rank.
Yeddyurappa had however accepted the recommendation and issued a government order last October that cleared way for officers of auxillary forces to be promoted to IPS rank. The order stated that auxilliary officers could be promoted to IPS rank to fill the vacancies for the year 2009.
However, Yeddyurappa withdrew the order in July this year after facing flak from the state DGP.
However, Bhardwaj tried to revive his recommendation after Karnataka got a new chief minister, Sadananda Gowda.
Reports said after Gowda replaced Yeddyurappa at the helm of Karnataka’s affairs, Bhardwaj summoned Home Minister R Ashoka to Raj Bhavan to again push for Mane’s case.