After insisting on its choice of former Kerala High Court Chief Justice S R Bannurmath as Lokayukta for some three months,the Karnataka government has come forward to suggest another name for the key post on which it was on a collision course with Governor H R Bhardwaj.
The government has promised to suggest a name,Bhardwaj told reporters at Raj Bhavan on Sunday after Justice (retd) Chandrashekaraiah was sworn in second Upa Lokayukta. I am expecting the matter to be resolved in seven to 10 days, he said.
Chief Minister (D V Sadananda Gowda) is cooperative,he said. Things have started moving in the right direction, Bhardwaj said,adding that if the government proposed a new name after due consultations,he would clear it in half-hour.
The BJP government recommended Bannurmath for the post on October 27 last to fill the vacancy caused by resignation of retired Supreme Court judge Shivraj Patil over a land allotment controversy,and repeatedly sought to push its case.
Bhardwaj has refused to accept Bannurmaths name citing reports in a section of press about similar charge but later had also spoken about Supreme Court observations against him,without elaborating.
Asked about Bannurmath,the Governor said on Sunday: That is out of question. The Governor also had a dig at the government. ….they (the government) are browbeating the institution of Lokayukta. And want to finish it.
Describing former Lokayukta Justice (retd) N Santosh Hegde as his parameter for good work,Bhardwaj said the formers report on illegal mining should have been given respect.