Lokayukta appointment to be again taken up

No immediate solution seems to be in sight over the controversy surrounding the appointment of former Kerala HC Chief Justice SR Bannurmath as Lokayukta.

Last Updated: Dec 31, 2011, 18:25 PM IST

Bangalore: No immediate solution seems to be
in sight over the controversy surrounding the appointment of
former Kerala High Court Chief Justice SR Bannurmath as
Lokayukta, with the ruling BJP on Saturday again deciding to pursue
the matter with Governor HR Bhardwaj.

"I will meet the Governor again to convince him to
appoint Bannurmath as Lokayukta," Chief Minister D V Sadananda
Gowda told reporters, a day after Bhardwaj stuck to his stand
that he would not allow "downgrading" of the Lokayukta.

Bhardwaj has been insisting that the BJP government
suggest the name of another non-controversial judge which he
would approve without delay after rejecting the name of
Bannurmath, who faces allegations of securing allotment of a
residential site in violation of rules.

Karnataka Lokayukta`s post has been lying vacant since
September after previous incumbent Shivaraj Patil quit amid
charges of securing allotment of a site in his wife`s name
from a private housing cooperative society violating rules.

Gowda said government would convene a 10-day legislature
session next month and the budget session in March.

He said he had already held consultations with his
predecessor BS Yeddyurappa on holding the session and would
soon discuss it with leader of the opposition, Siddaramaiah.

Gowda ruled out a legislature session in Belgaum till
completion of work on `Suvarna Soudha,` the new secretariat.

PTI