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Updated: September 20, 2011 02:40 IST

Karnataka Lokayukta Shivaraj Patil resigns

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Karnataka Lokayukta Shivraj Patil leaves after addressing the media at his office in Bangalore on Monday. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
Karnataka Lokayukta Shivraj Patil leaves after addressing the media at his office in Bangalore on Monday. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Karnataka Lokayukta Shivaraj V. Patil resigned on Monday in the wake of a media exposé that showed irregularities in the allotment of two residential plots to him and his wife.

In a written statement that he read out at a crowded press conference here, Mr. Patil termed the exposé a “malicious campaign” and said that he was “deeply hurt and pained.”

“In this uncongenial atmosphere I have deemed it appropriate to submit my resignation.

“My only discomforting thought is, am I giving up this office yielding to the malicious campaign of a few and letting down the hopes of many who had reposed their faith in me?

“I would request all to honestly reflect and decide whether they want to fight against corruption or malign the people who take up the fight against corruption,” he said.

Continuing to maintain that there was no irregularity in the allotment of the housing society plots, he said, “I would like to conclude by cautioning the media that persons who have spent their lifetime with integrity and built a reputation cannot take such a malicious campaign without deep hurt. Consequently, my fear is it will deter honest people from taking up such assignments, which would become a great disservice to the fight against corruption.”

Referring to the allotment of the 9,600 sq.ft. plot at the Judicial Employees House Building Cooperative Society layout, he said, “This allotment in favour of judges was challenged in a writ petition before the High Court of Karnataka, and the petition was dismissed.” The Supreme Court too dismissed the case, he said.

On the allotment of the other site to his wife by the Vyalikaval housing society, he said that an outright sale deed was executed in his wife's favour after she was made an “associate member.”

“It is also necessary to note that she did not file any affidavit making any false declaration at any point; hence there has never been any misrepresentation. Sale being on outright basis, there was absolutely no restriction for the purchase. All the purchases have been through legitimate funds generated and are accounted for.

“Despite having no justification, an issue was sought to be raised in this regard. Taking into account the position I held, to avoid a public debate, which would detract from my functioning and my moral authority to deal with men and matters, I asked my wife to surrender the site forthwith, without getting into the legality of it. Accordingly, she addressed a letter to the society on September 14 to surrender the site registered in her name. Shockingly, instead of treating surrender of the site as a step in the right direction, it was treated and campaigned as if it is an acceptance of a mistake and a grave crime had been committed.”

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Sir,I feel you are right if you have obtained the property in violation of the rules of any of the law but if the legallity of your ownership is not violated any rules then it is wrong to leave office. As you were suppose to take this as a challenge and you need to proove to the public that you have not done anything wrong.

from:  Praveen Kumar
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 23:31 IST

For such office , person has to confirm & give declaration that he has not violated any norms. If found untrue then person should be charged for wrong declaration & should be given severe punishment.

from:  Asmita
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 16:42 IST

Most of the upper class (those who occupy reputed jobs and power)people are corruptive, but hard working class is absolutely non-corruptives. Usually the senior citizens of old era (aged above 60 to 70years) were all non-corruptive type but still I dont know how retired judge Shivaraj Patil sab became like this. Its quite surprise to believe but still under the law all are equal.

from:  Annaiah Ramesh
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 16:19 IST

I failed to understand if his intention was clear and determined to fight out corruption in public life, then, why he had resigned from the post of lokayukta. But the big question is why he needs more than one house to live in after retirement? Many polticians, businessman and bureucrates nowdays are investing their ill gotten wealth in real state and purchasing houses lying vacant till disposed off at proper time, but living in a single house. In my opinion the government of india should inact a law to have only one house for self and wife.

from:  P.S.Thakur
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 12:19 IST

In view of such instances very few honest competent people would be available for such responsibilities.I feel that a procedure needs to be evolved, wherein before taking up the assignment, every person needs to declare his/her assets ,whether fixed or moveable figuring in the name of their children and spouses as on date for uploading in an open website for anybody's scrutiny. Thereafter if any discrepancy is there as pointed by anybody, it must again be uploaded within afixed period , say 6 months.Till a proper arrangement is evolved, this should be sufficient.Let us assume that everybody is dishonest in one aspect or the other- so a practical and implementable way needs to be evolved.

from:  Atis
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 10:32 IST

The sad episode of Shivraj Patil is a good example of impractical aspect of much heralded Jan Lokpal bill. The moot point is where are we going to get people to enforce the bill when it is practically impossible to get people of Gandhi saintliness as Lokaykthas. Having to lead life in this mos bureaucratic of nations we can look in vain for people having not committed some indiscretion or the other. A normal human being who by nature work for his and his family self interest  and it is very impractical to expect him to get transformed in to selfless saint to toil for public cause. This bifurcation of the individual psych is particularly strange when we we have accepted capitalist society following Adam Smith dictum "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest."

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 10:16 IST

It is nice to read resignation of Shivaraj Patil. I suspected that " something wrong " when BSY recommended his case. We have to appreciate that HE resigned. Perhaps lot more may be hidden!

from:  Shivanna
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 08:19 IST

When Yedyurappa had brought Patil...i had lost all respect for the person...and the so-called malign that you are speaking, sir, is it not the truth? If it was not the truth..why are you resigning?

from:  Chandan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 08:01 IST

It's fine to resign. What about the allotment.Does he get to keep it because he was "morally upright to resign". Then we are also ready to sail in the same boat have some allotments please.

from:  N Vijayaraghavan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 07:17 IST

Qyality people is the need of the hour.In all fields good and honest people are afraid to take the assignment of higher posts.The greed to become to rich fast is growing.This is the byproduct of the education system we have today.Moral education which was the bone of our education system has been broken.

from:  N Srihari
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 06:32 IST

We must appreciate his decision to resign. There are cases where people hang on and on. The issue here is whether he is corrupt or not. Doubt has been cast and we need people with impeccable integrity in such posts. Is it a scarce commodity in Indian judiciary? He got reason to whine about malicious campaign. In the larger interest of society it has to be exposed. At least a signal to future generations to prevent them from doing anything illegal. Next time only honest pepole should take up high posts.

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 06:16 IST

The resignation should not end the chapter. An impartial probe should be conducted to reveal the truth about allotments of land to the judges who hailed from Karnataka. Now media has an important role to play, otherwise people will forget and the inquiry will go on indefinitely without any end. This is an opportunity to go into the corruption in judiciary as many judges are involved (as told by Mr.Patil), and the matter is such that it will be difficult for the judges to use their handy tool "contempt of court", which they are fond of using.

from:  Kanishk
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 05:54 IST

A very lame statement. Outright honesty has its own strength, and if he was 100% honest, he wouldn't have felt "hurt" or resigned, since he knows full well the pressing requirement for a strong ombudsman. Mr Hegde had resigned once, but the circumstances were entirely different.His statement and his virtually prompt resignation demonstrates that he is most certainly at fault. He was a hardened SC judge, not a dilettante. His argument, consequently, doesn't hold.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 05:52 IST

It is surprising and shocking how Mr.Patil, still holds on the stand that he was honest and not corrupt. This is a clear case of how corruption by way of favouritsm has reached even Judges of the Supreme Court. No doubt, people like Mr.Bhushan, have questioned the integrity of some of the Supreme Court Judges.

from:  Saranathan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 05:41 IST

A habitual offender appearing before the same judge who had tried him earlier and convicted him, said, "Judge I am wedded to truth and what I am saying is the truth?" The judge replied, " I am not concerned with how long you were wedded but how long have you been divorced". One does not know how an expose like this becomes malicious? LokAyukta is the bar and there can be no excuses!

from:  Ceeoren
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 04:53 IST

L'Affaire Shivraj Patil is getting murkier and murkier.This (dis)honorable gent's explanation for putting in his papers smacks of his utter disregard for probity, rectitude and decency.Even now he maintains that what he did was right.He goes on to show his big-heartedness (?) and magnanimity (?) saying he has asked his wife to surrender her allotment.What about his? All the reputation that he says he built,has been smashed to smithereens by his this one,rather two acts.To seek refuge under the fact that a writ petition was dismissed by the HC and the SC only shows how wily he has been by not signing the required affidavit.The SC should order a review of all his judgments to ascertain whether he could have derived any benefits monetary, material and otherwise.Even if there is one which is suspect,then the SC should order withdrawal of all his terminal benefits and confiscation of all his and his immediate family members' assets forthwith.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 04:41 IST

Very sad. If the supreme court has already accepted the allotment as legal, why is media complaining. He should not have resigned.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 02:11 IST

What the hell is happening in India? Mr Patil has alledged that many judges have got properties with similar arrangement, he is surely referring to other Supreme Court or High Court judges. That is a very serious charge on higher judiciary. Who knows some of these judges may have given unfair vedicts to get hold on property in unlawful manner. The right thing to do is register a FIR U/s IPC 420 and other relevant sections of IPC and conduct full and thorough investigation through CBI and punish all those behind this scam to the justice. Law must applicable uniformly, At present these people are just being treated as Holy Cows and get away with all the wrong doings, that is just completely unfair and unacceptable in a free society.

from:  Tarsem
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 01:58 IST

This is a grave case of discouraging some of the only hopes of fighting corruption. Even a 30 yr impeccable record would not help. I am saddened to know of his resignation, and I am sorry for him. I am just worried how many more of these cases erupt with the growing anti corruption debate. Save the people who stand against corruption.

from:  Nikhil Pavan Kalyan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 01:47 IST

It is the usual ploy of all thieves when caught red handed to find some lame excuses and boast of honesty on their part.The same is true of politicians also.Anyway Patil has brought disgrace to the entire judicial system which is already rotten ng top the core by several judges being corrupt and Patils boasting of intolerance against corruption in etc is only a gimmick when he himself is corrupt.Who found him for the post of Lok Ayukta.How can people depend on their judgments?Poor Yeddy had to price of allegation by one Lok Ayukta and his successor has submitted his resignation within a month on corruption charges.Where are we heading?

from:  A G Raman
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 01:29 IST

It is sad that the person who has taken steps to expose the corruption of the Reddy brothers, has to resign. I hope the governor does not accept his resignation. It is so imperative to protect honest persons. However, I would say the lokyukta should not have resigned.
Those who have amassed wealth through corruption, had not sweated to earn living, can buy any body or organization to work on their side to malign the honest and honorable persons.

from:  Jagjit Trana
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 01:21 IST

If the facts stated by Sri Patil, that the writ petitions were dismised in Karnatak High Court and Supreme Court, are true, then it is right to conclude that "birds of same feather flocked together". As regards Sri Patil's justification that his wife had not submitted any affidavit of declaration while purchasing the land in her name and therefore she had not made any false declaration; it is a laughable statement of man from such high status. Who knows what was the circumstance at that time, why the selling agency did not ask for affidavit - might be out of fear or with the assurance for submitting later.

from:  D.K.Misra
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 01:11 IST

Okay Patil Saab, you have done right thing now; unless one commands the respect of public, NO purpose served in continuing in Office, that too of Lok Ayukta, meant to infuse faith against corrupt in public life; NO point trying to discuss your assets were rightly acquired and media and a few persons are against you; THE FACT of ownership is proved, mode was not OPEN, it is now clear; DO NOT try to cover yourself please; think for yourself and pray for pardon!

from:  Radhik Hairam
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011 at 00:30 IST
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