Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Sunday that the inquiry by a retired High Court judge that he would order would be a comprehensive one covering not only the “conspiracy” of the two compact discs (CDs) allegedly concerning the defection of the MLAs but also other factors relating to his party MLAs being held “hostage” in hotels of Chennai and Goa by the Janata Dal (Secular).
He said that the inquiry would cover the entire destabilisation politics that was going on for the past several days.
Talking to presspersons he said that the terms of reference of the inquiry would cover the financial source such as where the money came from to the Janata Dal (Secular) for arranging the trip of the BJP MLAs to Chennai and Goa and who met their expenses.
Asked if would a judicial inquiry, he said that the nature of the inquiry would be decided after the announcement of the High Court judgment on the matter pertaining to the disqualification of the MLAs.
Referring to reports that the Opposition parties were brining pressure on the Centre to order Income Tax raids on educational institutions being run by his family, he said that he would welcome it but it should be seen that they were not used as political vendetta.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that if the IT raids were to be conducted, they should cover all the private educational institutions instead of being confined to those belonging to his family.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Centre should encourage private managements to run educational institutions as it was not possible for the government alone to meet the requirement of higher education. He noted that the several religious institutions were running educational institutions imparting quality education.
He said that he would welcome the hint given by the Union Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Veerappa Moily that the Anti-Defection Act would be amended suitably to make it more effective.
Asked why the disqualified BJP MLAs were still being held hostage by the Janata Dal (Secular), he said it was stated that they continued to be hostages because the “money” they had received could not be returned. Some of them were reported to have spent it for personal use, Mr. Yeddyurappa added.