Bangalore: Sticking to his guns over naming
the new Lokayukta in Karnataka, Governor H R Bhardwaj on Wednesday
insisted he would not appoint a "wrong person" and asked the
BJP government to look for a figure who is above board.
Bhardwaj, who has rejected former Kerala Chief Justice S
R Bannurmath`s name, said he needs to make the appointment
after a lot of consideration as Lokayukta is a "very important
institution", relating to probity and anti-corruption.
"I have explained to the Government through a detailed
letter and I hope it gets into the head of the Government. But
I am not that (kind of) person who will appoint a wrong
person", the Governor told reporters.
Bhardwaj, often at loggerheads with BJP government, said
"Let them appoint Justice (Santosh) Hegde again. I will sign
in a minute. Let them appoint any judge who is above board."
The Governor recently wrote to the government suggesting a
"rethink" in view of charges against Bannurmath and to select
someone else. Bannurmath is facing charges of securing land
allotment in a judicial layout violating rules.
The government has stuck to its choice so far and
repeatedly said Bannurmath`s name was finalised as per
procedure and precedents, and hinted that it`s firm on its
choice, leading to some kind of a stand-off with Raj Bhavan.
Lokayukta post has been lying vacant for two months after
retired Supreme Court Judge V Shivaraj Patil resigned abruptly
in September six weeks into office after allegations of land
allotment by a housing cooperative society in violation of
laws surfaced against him.
Patil had taken over in early August from Hegde, who
completed his five-year term.