New Lokayukta: Awaiting for Governor`s response

Karnataka CM Gowda said the government awaited Governor`s response to its request for appointing Lokayukta in the wake of land allotment controversy.

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister DV Sadananda
Gowda on Saturday said the government awaited Governor H R
Bhardwaj`s response to its request for appointing former
Kerala High Court Chief Justice SG Bannurmut as Lokayukta in
the wake a land allotment controversy surfacing against him.

"Unless papers come back to us from the Governor, we can`t
recommend others name. The matter will be considered after
getting reply from the Governor", Gowda, who addressed media
after completing three months in office, said.

The Chief Minister said Bhardwaj had called him for a
discussion on Bannurmut issue in the wake of media reports
that the former judge secured allotment of a residential site,
which was earmarked for civic amenity in judges layout and he
has offered certain explanation on the matter.

Bhardwaj recently said he had not rejected the government
recommendation for appointing Bannurmut as Lokayukta and the
name is still under consideration.

It is learnt that during his meeting with Gowda, the
Governor has suggested to him to submit another name for the
Lokayukta post, which fell vacant after Shivaraj Patil
resigned, also under allegations of getting land allotment in
violation of rules.


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