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Yeddyurappa denies curtailing Lokayukta`s powers

In his response to an Advisory sent to him by the Centre, Yeddyurappa asserted there were no attempts to curb the powers of the Lokayukta, as alleged by the Centre.



Bangalore: Responding to Centre`s Advisory
which in all raised 11 issues, Karnataka Chief Minister BS
Yeddyurappa on Tuesday rejected its contention that the state
government tried to curtail Lokayukta`s powers by appointing a
judicial commission to probe allotment and denotification of
land.

The Advisory was sent by Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram last week to the Chief Minister after the Centre
rejected Governor HR Bhardwaj`s controversial recommendation
for imposition of President`s rule in Karnataka.

In his response to an Advisory sent to him by the
Centre, Yeddyurappa asserted there were no attempts to curb
the powers of the Lokayukta, as alleged by the Centre,
officials said on the condition of anonymity.

"It is not an advisory under Article 355 of the
Constitution. It is a semi-official letter from the Union
Home Minister P Chidambaram to the Chief Minister. The Chief
Minister has replied to it in his individual capacity," they
said.

"The issues that were before the Lokayukta prior to the
setting up of the one-man judicial commission, headed by
retired High Court Judge B Padmaraj, continue to be
investigated by the Lokayukta," the letter sent to the Centre
on Tuesday said.

"Only those which are not before the domain of the
Lokayukta investigation have been referred to the inquiry
commission," the reply said.

The advisory in all referred to 11 issues, including
maintenance of law and order, mining and corruption charges
faced by the Chief Minister, officials said.

Officials said Yeddyurappa had also responded to
defection of MLAs from Congress and JD(S) to BJP, which was
one of the issues contained in the advisory, but declined to
divulge details.

Speaking to reporters, Yeddyurappa confirmed that he
had sent his replies in a sealed cover but did not elaborate.

After JD(S) accused him of corruption and nepotism and
levelled allegations of illegal denotification and allotment
of lands in favour of his family, Yeddyurappa ordered a
judicial probe into allotment and denotification of
lands from 1994 to September 2010.

JD(S) spokesman YSV Datta has already secured a stay
on the functioning of the Padmaraj Commission of Inquiry
challenging its appointment.

The BJP High Command, to which Yeddyurappa sent a copy
of the advisory, perused it and advised the Chief Minister to
respond, suggesting inputs for the reply, said officials.

In his special report on May 15, Bhardwaj recommended
imposition of President`s rule on the ground that there was a
breakdown of constitutional machinery in the state following
the Supreme Court quashing the disqualification of 11 BJP
rebel MLAs and five independents. But the Centre rejected it.

PTI

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