‘Chief Minister, Chief Secretary had heated exchanges'
The Janata Dal (Secular) on Tuesday alleged that the State Government has transferred Pranob Mohanty, DIGP, Karnataka Lokayukta, to prevent the arrest of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa against whom the Lokayukta police have filed a First Information Report for his alleged involvement in illegal mining.
Mr. Mohanty was posted as Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) West Bangalore, on Monday. Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Janata Dal (S) Legislature Party leader H.D. Revanna alleged that a sincere and committed police officer has been shunted out of the Lokayukta without consultation with the former by the Government. The official was transferred just six months after he was posted to the Lokayukta.
The Janata Dal (S) alleged that Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda had succumbed to pressure from Mr. Yeddyurappa and transferred the official who has been investigating the involvement of the former Chief Minister, his son and son-in-law in illegal mining.
Opposing frequent transfers of IAS and IPS officers by the Government, Mr. Revanna alleged that no officer has been allowed to continue in the same posting for more than a year. The transfer of Mr. Mohanty from the Lokayukta would slow down the pace of investigation by the Lokayukta against Mr. Yeddyurappa and his family members, he alleged. Opposing the interference of Mr. Yeddyurappa in administration, he alleged that the former Chief Minister had heated exchanges with Mr. Sadananda Gowda and Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath over the transfer of Mr. Mohanty from the Lokayukta. Officials should be allowed full freedom in the investigation against Mr. Yeddyurappa, he said.
He also alleged that the Government has been levelling baseless charges of land grabbing against the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in Hassan district. To tarnish the image of the Deve Gowda family, B.J. Puttaswamy, who was political secretary to the former Chief Minister, has sought a report from the Hassan Deputy Commissioner into the alleged encroachment of land in Holenarasipur and Arkalgud taluks by the Deve Gowda family, Mr. Revanna claimed.