Lokayukta: Bannurmath opts out; slams governor

BANGALORE: Hurt by \'\'personal and reckless\'\' allegations of Governor H R Bhardwaj who rejected the BJP Government\'\'s recommendation for his appointment as Lokayukta, former Kerala high court c

Published: 07th February 2012 08:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:51 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Hurt by ''personal and reckless'' allegations of Governor H R Bhardwaj who rejected the BJP Government''s recommendation for his appointment as Lokayukta, former Kerala high court chief justice S R Bannurmath today opted out of the post ending the three-month long stand-off.

Launching a tirade against Bhardwaj a day after he ''formally'' rejected his appointment, Bannurmath questioned the motive behind the action of Governor. He said Bhardwaj citing reasons other than alleged land scam linking him can be seen as "a ploy to give way for other political consideration".

Maintaining that the continued attack in the press on his integrity and character were totally based on "false, baseless, legally untenable and hurtful allegations", he told reporters here that he had requested Chief Minister D V Sadananada Gowda not to consider him for the post.

"I have lost mental peace and my health is affected on account of false and baseless allegations affecting my image and reputation in the eyes of the public. I am not in a position to bear this torture and humiliation any more," he said reading out from his letter to Gowda.

Bhardwaj, who had insisted on ''spotless'' candidate for the Lokayukta post, had expressed reservations over Bannurmath''s choice citing a land allotment controversy involving him.

The post of Lokayukta has remained vacant since September 19 after former Supreme Court Judge Shivaraj Patil, who succeeded Santosh Hegde, quit in the wake of allegations of getting land allotment in violation of rules. `

Karnatka is the second BJP ruled state after Gujarat to be rocked by a row involving the Governor on the appointment of Lokayukta. Gujarat has moved the Supreme Court questioning the Governor''s action in appointing Lokayukta unilaterally without consulting the state government.

Gowda said the government would soon set in motion the process to look for another candidate for the Lokayukta post.

He said the letter written by Bannurmath, requesting him not to pursue his name for the Lokayukta post, reached him last night. The government would take up the exercise of eliciting the opinion of Presiding officers of both houses, floor leaders of the legislatures and the state High Court Chief Justice in selecting a judge to head the Lokayukta institution, the Chief Minister said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp