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Governor Bhardwaj calls for appointing effective Lokayukta in Karnataka

November 24, 2011 - Bangalore

Asserting that appointing a Lokayukta for the state is crucial, Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj has said that he would give utmost attention to facilitating the appointment of a responsible individual.

"Lokayukta is a very important institution, called integrity institution and it relates to anti-corruption, so the appointment which I have to make personally after lot of consideration that a proper person only gets selected and gets the slot. I have explained to the government this in a detailed letter and I hope it gets into the head of the government that I am not that kind of a person who will appoint a wrong person," Bhardwaj told the media here.

A few months back, former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde had accused former Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa and several other key officials in the mining graft that cost the state exchequer losses worth at least rupees 160 billion between 2006 and 2010.he Yeddyurappa-led government has been embroiled in a series of scandals.

Prominent among these is the illegal mining and export of iron ore by the Reddy brothers who incidentally were members of the state cabinet, apart from a gamut of corruption and nepotism cases.


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