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Updated: January 20, 2011 01:06 IST

Bhardwaj urged not to accord sanction for prosecution

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Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj with Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
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Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj with Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

Emergency Cabinet meeting passes resolution, sends it to Bhardwaj

In an effort to pre-empt Governor H.R. Bhardwaj's move to accord sanction for the prosecution of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and Minister for Home and Transport R. Ashok in cases related to alleged land scams, an emergency meeting of the Cabinet was held here on Wednesday to prevail upon the Governor to refrain from granting his approval.

Sources said the Governor has indicated to the Chief Minister that he will accord sanction on January 27, a day after he delivers the Republic Day address.

Meanwhile, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the Chief Minister have commenced preparations to counter such a move. Two advocates have sought the sanction of the Governor and the Raj Bhavan has, in turn, directed Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath to submit all relevant files before January 20 to enable the Governor to take a decision in the matter.

The Cabinet has said that the Governor's move to permit prosecution of the Chief Minister and the Home Minister is nothing short of a “farce and colourable” exercise. After the Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister sent a detailed letter to the Governor incorporating the stand of the Council of Ministers.

The letter has said that neither any investigating agency (the Lokayukta) nor any Commission of Inquiry (the one-man judicial commission headed by Justice B. Padmaraj) has indicted the Chief Minister or the Home Minister. “Hence your (Governor) intended exercise of power to process the request for sanction is wholly without jurisdiction. Your Excellency's action of consideration of the request for sanction will not inspire confidence that the decision would be judicious, fair and bona fide,” the letter says.

Addressing presspersons after the Cabinet meeting, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar said that when Mr. Yeddyurappa spoke to the Governor on December 31, 2010, Mr. Bhardwaj had indicated that he would accord sanction to prosecute the Chief Minister after the Republic Day. The Governor had also told delegations from the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) in no uncertain terms that he would accord sanction to prosecute the Chief Minister.

The Showdown between constitution head and democratically elected leader is unfortunate.Both of them crossed their line of limit causing tamasha in the public. The more interesting fact is the constitution head also stooped to low level is the ugliest part of the democracy. People are caught between two devils haplessly. Karnataka public should blame for themselves for this situation.The entire system of the administration is corrupted to an extent where it is highly impossible to rectify. Only option left is that people should take law into their hands to reboot this politicians.

from:  Vijayanand
Posted on: Jan 22, 2011 at 13:55 IST

It is sure that once CM resigns from his seat, BJP government will never come into rule in Karnataka once again. I is high time that the Chief Minister resigns from his position. Even after the governor and Lokayuktha reporting on CM’s misuse of power it is not good that the BJP still protests against the Governor and Lokayuktha. If the CM proves to be innocent then why don't he give the land affair to the investigation of CBI?

from:  Lakshmi.D
Posted on: Jan 22, 2011 at 11:54 IST

Its height of stupidity that BJP is calling a bandh because their leader was caught in a land scam. Its a shame that they are disrupting the life of millions just to save themselves. If Yediyurappa has guts, and if he is not corrupt then he should not be averse to prosecution. Shame on BJP. first the Godhra and then land scams and bandhs... Please dont disrupt the peace of a very peacefull state.

from:  Raghuwire
Posted on: Jan 22, 2011 at 09:38 IST

Governor Bharadwaj by behaving like street smart politician, is not fit to hold the post of constitutional importance. He is misusing his position by uttering words like 'thief taking police to task' etc. By overstepping his limits, he is not just insulting Kannadigas but the Indian citizens who expect a better behaviour from a constitutional authority. If he is so concerned about corruption in public life, why can't he ask Sonia and Manmohan Singh to try Bofors, CWG, Spectrum 2G cases etc.

from:  S.R. Muralidharan
Posted on: Jan 21, 2011 at 17:14 IST
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