The State Government on Thursday justified the constitution of the Justice B. Padmaraj Commission of Inquiry to go into cases of illegal allotment of land and sites and denotification of land in Karnataka.

The State filed its statement of objections to a petition by Janata Dal (Secular) leader Y.S.V. Datta challenging the constitution of the Padmaraj Commission even as the Karnataka Lokayukta was looking into complaints of illegal allotment of land.

When the case came up some time ago before a Division Bench of Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice A.S. Bopanna, it (the Bench) stayed the proceedings of the Padmaraj Commission and asked the State to file its objections.

The State on Thursday filed its objections in the High Court. It said the petitioner had no right to question the constitution of an inquiry commission. The decision is not of an individual but of the State Cabinet, it said.

It said the commission was appointed after the due process of law was followed.

It said several cases of illegal allotment of land were with the Lokayukta and the State had constituted the commission to probe into allotments and denotification of land since 1995.

The investigation by the commission would not come in the way of the inquiry being conducted by the Lokayukta, it said.

State files objections to petition by Y.S.V. Datta of the Janata Dal(S)