Bangalore: Spelling more trouble for the
Yeddyurappa government, facing allegations of land scams,
Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde on Monday said a charge sheet
will be filed soon in cases involving Karnataka Industrial
Area Development Board (KIADB).
"FIRs have already been filed and charge sheet will
soon be filed in connection with land scams involving KIADB,
which we have been probing for sometime now," he told
reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
He expressed displeasure over various cases including
land scams, now under the Lokayukta scanner, being
"transferred to judicial probe without, let alone approval,
even a discussion".
Hegde, who has 8 months of his term left, asserted
that while he was not "really interested in land scams
involving the chief minister, KIADB land scams and illegal
mining would be my top priority. I wish to take land scams
involving KIADB to its logical end.
"Even as I have no prejudice against the chief
minister or any other political party, I will not let the
government sideline the institution of Lokayukta as far as
land scam is concerned."
To a question on the gag order issued yesterday by
Yeddyurappa on some of his party MLAs not to issue statements
that would lower the dignity of Lokyukta, Hegde quipped, "I am
yet to receive information on the gag order as I was pretty
busy speaking to the media yesterday. However, through the
media we have respect for each other."
In fresh trouble to Yeddyurappa, the Lokayukta had
recently issued a notice to him, seeking his views on a JDS
complaint regarding denotification of lands after finding a
prima facie case.
The Yeddyurappa government and the Lokayukta have been
at loggerheads with each other on the issue of inquiry into
alleged land scams. Hegde has repeatedly expressed strong
resentment over judicial probe being ordered into alleged land
scams without Lokayukta`s approval when the issue is pending
with the anti-corruption watchdog.