Proof Against Justice Adi is Weak, Says Karnataka Speaker

Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa has decided to tread carefully on the petition seeking Upa Lokayukta Subhash B Adi’s  removal.

Published: 06th December 2015 05:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th December 2015 05:46 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU:  Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa has decided to tread carefully on the petition seeking Upa Lokayukta Subhash B Adi’s  removal. Thimmappa is in no hurry to write to Karnataka Chief  Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee seeking the constitution  of a judges’ committee to look into the charges against Adi. Speaking to  reporters here on Saturday, Thimmappa, who has already  admitted motions seeking the removal of both  Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao and Upa Lokayukta Adi, said enough evidence existed  against Rao. “The notice against him  was adopted in the House only after a Special Investigation Team was formed to  probe charges against him,” Thimmappa said. In the  case of the Upa Lokayukta, Congress legislators had relied heavily on charges made by Adi’s fellow  Upa Lokayukta S B Majage, he explained.

Majage had spoken against  Adi in his farewell speech. Emphasising the need to convince himself before approaching the CJ, he said, “While I found enough evidence against Lokayukta Rao,  I need stronger evidence against Upa Lokayukta Adi to supplement the charges.” Kagodu is examining the  charges by the Congress, the party he hails from, and also taking the help of the Department of Personnel and Administrative  Reforms to understand if Adi is guilty of a procedural lapse. He said he  would write in a couple of days to the Chief Justice to constitute a committee to probe the  charges against Rao, whose son allegedly ran an extortion racket using the Lokayukta’s  name, office and official residence. While the BJP and the JD(S) have submitted a joint  petition seeking Rao’s removal, they are not backing the  Congress on the move to remove Adi. Congress MLAs have alleged Adi went beyond his jurisdiction and probed a  corruption case against a doctor in Hubballi. He had given her a clean chit, which in their  view amounted to “throwing all norms to the winds”.


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