Hubli/Bangalore: Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh
Hegde on Sunday said there was no need to arrest former state
minister KS Naidu unless there was a violation of certain
conditions, including failure to cooperate and interference
into the ongoing inquiry into KIADB land scam.
Replying to a question at a function on why Naidu had not
been arrested so far, he said "the question of arrest arises
only if he is absconding, not cooperate with investigation, if
he destroyed evidence or interfered in the probe."
"If such a situation arises, we have the authority to
arrest. As of now there is no move to arrest the minister," he said to a news agency over telephone later.
Hedge also dismissed reports in a section of the media
that he proposed a move to arrest Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa against whom Lokayukta is probing allegations of
denotification and land allotment in favour of relatives.
"There is no FIR against the Chief Minister, where is the
question of arresting him?" he asked.
The Lokayukta had registered an FIR against Naidu and his
associates after it found evidence in the Karnataka Industrial
Area Development Board (KIADB) land scam.
The FIR points to irregularities in allotment of 385
acres to ITASCA Software Company, floated by an aide of Naidu.
Katta Subramanya Naidu resigned from the post of IT and
BT minister on December 3, a day after the Lokayukta filed an
FIR against him over a land deal.