Bangalore: Backing Karnataka Governor H R Bharadwaj to the hilt for sanctioning prosecution of Chief
Minister B S Yeddyruppa in alleged land scams, Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily on Saturday slammed BS Yeddyurappa’s Karnataka government, saying corruption and nepotism is on record in the southern state.
Taking a dig at the BJP, Moily said reports show that the CM was involved in corrupt deeds. He further said that "nobody is above the rule of law" which also applies to all the chief ministers and other ministers.
"Everyone is equal before law....the Chief Minister does
not enjoy immunity (from prosecution). Everything is on record
about corruption and nepotism (of Yeddyurappa government) and
even BJP had asked him to quit," he told reporters.
"BJP is defending corruption. Going to streets over this
issue will mean that BJP is defending corruption," Moily,
a former Karnataka Chief Minister, said.
"It is not the governor who will decide the case. Ultimately, it is for the judiciary (to do that)… Governor has the authority to sanction prosecution against chief ministers," he said, defending Bhardwaj.
The law minister flayed the ruling BJP for resorting to violence to enforce the shutdown during which activists torched buses, pelted stones and attacked shops across Karnataka.
"They (BJP) are defending the corruption at the highest level," he said.
The governor gave permission Friday night to launch criminal proceedings against Yeddyurappa, as sought by two Bangalore-based advocates, Sirajin Basha and K.N. Balaraj, over revelations that the chief minister had favoured his close kin with prime land in and around Bangalore.
Moily’s remarks came after Home Minister P Chidambaram criticised the BJP for its attack on Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj for granting sanction to prosecute the Chief Minister and said the Governor`s decision was in accordance with the law.
In retaliation, the ruling BJP in Karnataka has called a state-wide bandh today protesting Bhardwaj`s decision to sanction the prosecution of the CM over land scandals.
Yeddyurappa took office in May 2008 and has been battling charges of nepotism in land allotment since November last year.
(With PTI & IANS inputs)