Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR: Human rights activists here on Monday decided to continue dharnas demanding the reappointment of former Lokayukta N. Venkatachala to the post for another term.

The activists and members of various organisations began the dharna in different parts of the district on June 28.

Addressing presspersons, L.R. Narayanachar, human rights activist, questioned Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy's statement that there were legal hurdles to the reappointment of Mr. Venkatachala. He said M.F. Saldana, retired High Court judge, and other legal experts had said that no law was in the way of reappointing Mr. Venkatachala.

`Support'

Mr. Narayanachar said government employees in the lower rungs had offered to support the campaign. "Both Mr. Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa had assured the people that they would continue Mr. Venkatachala as Lokayukta."

Mr. Narayanachar said efforts would be made to secure the support of influential sections of society for the campaign. "We will once again seek the intervention of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Over five lakh people have written to Dr. Kalam. We will request the President to advise the State Government to reappoint Mr. Venkatachala to curb corruption," he added.

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