Police only competent authority to investigate offences: Guv

Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj virtually questioned the judicial probe ordered by the Yeddyurappa govt into land scams, saying that police was the only competent authority to investigate any offence.

Updated: Dec 05, 2010, 18:53 PM IST

Bangalore: Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj
on Sunday virtually questioned the judicial probe ordered by the
Yeddyurappa government into alleged land scams, saying that
police was the only competent authority to investigate any
offences.

"The only forum competent to investigate offences is
police. Nobody else has the power. Lokayukta has a police, the
government has a police. Wherever there is a crime, it may be
investigated by the police," he said while citing a Supreme
Court ruling when asked by reporters about the judicial probe.

"But this confusion is being created deliberately," he
said when asked about the dual probe into the denotification
and land scam involving Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

"Lokayukta is investigating the issue, it will unearth
the truth. I have no further comments on the issue," he said
on the sidelines of a function here.

Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde had objected to the
state government ordering the judicial probe headed by a
retired High Court judge when the matter was pending before
him.

Asked about the land scam which led to the resignation
of state Housing Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, he said,"I
don`t want to react about what is happening.

"Ministers are also not listening to my advice. When I
raised the illegal mining issue, there was criticism that I
was misusing my position. I will leave it to people to judge.

"I am watching all the issues and sending report to
the President as required under law," the Governor said
without elaborating further.

PTI