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Updated: January 22, 2011 09:52 IST

Bhardwaj sanctions prosecution of Yeddyurappa

S. Rajendran
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Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj has written to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa that he cannot put a lid on serious allegations of corruption. File photo
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Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj has written to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa that he cannot put a lid on serious allegations of corruption. File photo

Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Friday accorded sanction to prosecute Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa over allegations of denotification of land acquired by the government, apart from other charges. The prosecution request was made by two advocates.

Mr. Yeddyurappa is the first Chief Minister of the State against whom a Governor has accorded sanction for prosecution.

Karnataka will thus join Tamil Nadu and Bihar, where two Chief Ministers were prosecuted after people obtained the permission of Governors M. Channa Reddy and A.R. Kidwai.

Sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party told The Hindu: “There is no question of the Chief Minister quitting. We will take the battle against the Governor to the streets. An all-out effort was made to convince the Governor that there is no prima facie case and that several agencies are already investigating the matter and that prosecution is not warranted. Now that the Governor has announced his decision, we will fight it legally and politically.”

A brief communiqué from the Raj Bhavan said: “The petition given by two advocates of Bangalore Sirajin Basha and K.N. Balaraj on December 28, requesting sanction of the Governor of Karnataka under Section 19(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 for prosecuting the Chief Minister, Mr. B.S. Yeddyurappa, in an appropriate Court of Law for various grave allegations of corruption and criminal misconduct, has been considered by the Governor and he has granted sanction to prosecute the Chief Minister by an order passed by him this [Friday] evening.”

There is no information on the Governor's stand on the request for sanction to prosecute Home Minister R. Ashok.

Earlier in the day, the Governor, in a letter to the Chief Minister, said the Cabinet resolution of January 19 was “unwarranted.” The resolution urged him not to grant permission for prosecuting the Chief Minister.

On Thursday, the Governor compared the resolution to the act of a thief admonishing the police.

There is never any smoke without fire. No scandal particularly those involving politians are without substance. Though that is the eternal truth culprits have a way of getting out unscathed in a set up such as ours. Even this will meet the very same fate as many before it. Doing away with the office of Governer and other counsils are not the answer to the problem.

from:  K V Parameswaran
Posted on: Feb 2, 2011 at 03:59 IST

Maybe the BJP government in Karnataka is corrupt but then the conduct of the Governor has been blatantly partisan. The Raj Bhawan has been reduced to a Congress office. But then this is not a Congress specific problem. The business of having Governors should be done away with along with the Rajya Sabha and the legislative councils.

from:  Anil Kotwal
Posted on: Jan 22, 2011 at 07:40 IST

If the CM/KN is not guilty, why he objects to the Governor's action? Let him prove he is totally innocent. If his innocence is proved beyond doubt in a court of law, then he will never be cowed down by his political opponents. Instead his objection at this stage(for prosecution) leads to lot of doubts on a common man's view that he might be guilty and that is why he fears prosecution. Also there is no specific law/rule that the Governor should not accord sanction. Even though, everybody knows that the Governor's action is very cheap, nobody can find fault in his action. Let the CM face it boldly and come cout clean

from:  R.Gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Jan 22, 2011 at 05:46 IST

By allowing Yeddyurappa to face the court and accept the outcome, the BJP would be in a better position to demand for a parliamentary probe of the 2G Spectrum scandal. This is not a naive statement and must have crossed the BJP minds a zillion times! Yet, why is it shying away? If Yeddyurappa's hands are clean, the BJP should not fear! Alas, India seems to be a land of scams and worth taking the number one spot in the Guinness book of records!

from:  Murali S
Posted on: Jan 22, 2011 at 03:44 IST
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