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JD (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy doubts credibility of Karnataka Lokayukta

Bangalore, Oct. 26 (ANI): The President of the Janata Dal (Secular), H D Kumaraswamy, on Friday said that he doubted the credibility of the Karnataka Lokayukta, accusing it of fighting corruption with incomplete information.

A special Lokayukta court on Thursday (October 25) ordered an enquiry into the alleged usurping of agricultural land in the name of a project during the tenure of former Chief Minister of Karnataka, H D Deve Gowda and other ministers, on the basis of a complaint filed by a social activist.

According to media reports, the social activist T J Abraham had mentioned 105 people including former prime minister Gowda, Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, former chief minister of Karnataka Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappaand promoters of the project Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise in a complaint filed in July this year.

Kumaraswamy said that they welcome the Lokayukta court to conduct an enquiry, but expressed doubt regarding the officers who were carrying out the investigation.

“According to my knowledge, Deve Gowda has not given permission to five townships. Deve Gowda after vacating office from Karnataka, then the governments, which have come, they have changed and favoured that NICE company to get benefits from the company. We welcome the Lokayukta court order to enquire about this detailed nice project, but I am doubtful about the Lokayukta officers, who are dealing with several issues,” he said.

The project has completed only partially, since the officials have been involved in a slew of legal disputes.

Kumaraswamy said that a proper enquiry is not being conducted, with regard to ministers who are facing charges.

He added that the Lokayukta officers are not conducting a fair enquiry.

“The ministers facing the charges, in that enquiry the Lokayukta officers giving some other report. But the persons who are fighting against corruption of this government, without getting proper information, they are filing chargesheets. In the last six months, the way in which we have conducted the enquiry, these police officers, anybody could come to a conclusion that fair enquiry cannot be conducted by these Lokayukta officers,” he said.

Kumaraswamy said that the JD (S) party has organised a rally for the specially abled and added that more than 100,000 people would gather at the rally.

“The JD (S) party is organising a huge rally pertaining to a particular sector ; that is the disabled sector. For that rally, we have already prepared properly. Nearly one lakh disabled people will gather at the rally. We have organised four special trains and nearly 1000 buses have been arranged to help them to come to the rally,” he said.

According to media reports, JD (S) is the first party in the state to start a wing for people with disabilities, so that they can be brought to the mainstream. (ANI)