Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Advocate-General B.V. Acharya, with reference to the allegations made against him by the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in the matter relating to arguments in a contempt case in the Supreme Court on the Bangalore-Mysore Expressway project being executed by the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise, has said that the remarks of Mr. Deve Gowda “are unjustified and unwarranted. They are also malicious and irresponsible.”

Mr. Deve Gowda, in a letter to Governor Rameshwar Thakur had alleged that the Advocate-General had maintained silence when the contempt petition came up for hearing on March 25. This had resulted in the apex court serving notices on several senior officials of the State Government.

Mr. Acharya, in a letter to the Governor, said: “When the lawyers chosen and briefed by Mr. Deve Gowda argued the cases against NICE in the Supreme Court, the court had not only dismissed the State’s appeal but imposed cost of Rs. 5 lakh. Consequently, the then H.D. Kumaraswamy Government had to suffer embarrassment by paying the costs. However, my silence before the Supreme Court did not result in any such ignominy to the present Government.”

He said: “When I appeared before the Supreme Court on March 25, I had definite instructions from the State Government that the cases should get adjourned beyond summer vacation. Even as the case was taken up, the court indicated that the cases will be posted to second week of August. In the circumstances, I had no occasion to argue and it is not a healthy practice to continue arguing when the court decides to grant the relief required.”