Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda's Political Secretary B.J. Puttaswamy on Friday alleged that Governor H.R. Bhardwaj was deliberately creating mistrust among the people about the Bharatiyia Janata Party Government by rejecting its proposals.

Mr. Puttaswamy told presspersons here that Mr. Bhardwaj was behaving in an unconstitutional manner by continuously rejecting the Government's proposal to appoint the former Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court S.R. Bannurmath for the post of Lokayukta. Interestingly, he said, even the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah had not opposed the move of the Government.

Citing the bylaws of the Karnataka Judicial Employees House Building Cooperative Society, Mr. Puttaswamy said that even the judge of the Karnataka High Court was eligible to become a member of the society and under this provision 84 judges had been allotted sites by the society.

“It is unfortunate that the Governor has expressed his desire for reappointing N. Santosh Hegde to the post, which was, however, rejected by the latter,” he said. The Governor, he said, ought not to have rejected the Government's proposal even under the Lokayukta Act, but was bent upon not to accept Mr. Bannurmath, solely because he belonged to the Lingayat community.

The Political Secretary alleged that it amounted to character assassination of a former judge. The Governor, he alleged, had even connived with Mr. Hegde to unnecessary put the government in an embarrassing position and warned that the people would not tolerate such behaviour any longer.

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