Even as the State Government comes under criticism, especially from Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, for the delay in proposing a “suitable” candidate for the post of Lokayukta, Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Thursday said the Government will not take a hasty decision in this regard.

“The Government will take its time to pick the most suitable candidate,” he told presspersons on the sidelines of a Republic Day cultural programme organised by the Kannada and Culture Department at Ravindra Kalakshetra. While explaining that every name put forth would be scrutinised before it is submitted to the Governor, Mr. Sadananda Gowda, in response to a query, said that the nomination of Justice R.V. Raveendran, a retired Supreme Court Judge, would be considered only after consulting legal experts.

The Chief Minister refused to answer questions on whether the former Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, S.R. Bannurmath, was still a contender for the post.