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‘New Lokayukta list if Guv rejects recommendation’

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 15:56

Bangalore: As the standoff between Karnataka
Governor H R Bhardwaj and the state government continues over
the appointment of a new Lokayukta, Chief Minister D V
Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday said the ruling BJP would have no choice
but to prepare a new list of candidates if the Governor
rejected their original recommendation.

"I will try to consult the Governor in the next two days
(after MLC election) to iron out confusion over Justice
Bannurmath`s appointment as Karnataka Lokayukta," Gowda told
reporters here.

On their course of action if the Governor rejected the
government`s recommendation of Justice Bannurmath as the new
Lokayukta, Gowda said it would be "inevitable" for the state
government to initiate the process of preparing a new list of
"eligible" Lokayukta candidates.

The government had recommended the name of Bannurmath, a
former Chief Justice of Kerala High Court, to head the
Lokayukta but the Governor had asked the government to have a
rethink on it after citing allegations of irregularities
committed in allotment of a site in his name that surfaced in
sections of the media.

Bhardwaj has accused the government of adopting delaying
tactics in appointment of a new Lokayukta to "whitewash"
criminal cases and had questioned the consultation process in
recommending Justice Bannurmath`s name to head the
anti-corruption watchdog.

Asked if a "head-less" Lokayukta would "help" the state
government, he said yesterday: "If the Lokayukta comes and
whitewashes these crimes, then what will you do?", and noted
that the government had recently transferred "good officers"
from Lokayukta institution.

"And now they want to whitewash all these cases which
have been brought out by the Commission (Lokaykta report on
illegal mining)," he had said.

The government in recent weeks indicated that it is firm on
its choice and maintained that there are no documents before
it suggesting wrong-doing by Justice Bannurmath.


First Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 15:56

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