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Suresh Kumar to continue as Karnataka Law Minister after AG clean chit


June 26, 2012 - Bangalore

Karnataka Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar today decided to withdraw his resignation after the Advocate-General gave him a clean chit in connection with the charges levelled against him that he secured a residential site in violation of rules.

"I had given this resignation letter with the firm view that this story should not cause embarrassment to my party and my government. Today after the Advocate General's opinion and after the request of the chief minister and my Cabinet colleagues and the party leaders I have decided to bow down my head to their direction. I have decided not to press for my resignation and re-join the Cabinet," he told the media here.

"Today morning honourable chief minister had called me and in the light of Advocate General's opinion after due review, inspection of all the documents. So I should join him in the Cabinet," he added.

Expressing delight following the Advocate General's conclusion into the concerned matter, Kumar said the copy received by him proves that he was in no way ineligible to get the 'G-category' (Chief Minister's discretionary quota) site.

"Today morning I received the legal opinion as has been given by the Advocate General. Chief Minister had asked the Advocate General to verify all the documents, all the records and give his considered opinion. Today, I received the copy in which he has categorically said that I have not done anything to suppress the truth, nor have I made a false statement. So, he has also said that in no way I am ineligible to get that G-category site," he said

The Advocate General, who was asked to go into documents and give his opinion on any violation in site allotment by Bangalore Development Authority under 'G' category, has categorically said that it was done in accordance with rules.

Suresh Kumar also thanked the various political leaders, who stood by him during the entire episode.

"I have received support and advise from leaders cutting across the party lines. I was very happy when I received the calls from Veerappa Moily. S.M. Krishna also sent message and many other leaders also stood by me," he said.

Last Saturday, Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda refused to accept Suresh Kumar's resignation, saying he was of the impression that there was no wrongdoing on the latter's part.

"I have received the resignation, but not accepted. Practically, the news which appeared in the newspapers today, the in and out I know a little bit. Practically, things that appeared in paper are far away from truth, basically I know certain things which has happened earlier. At present, there is no question of accepting the resignation," said Gowda.

Gowda further said that he would look into this matter after holding due consultation with his party leaders, and added that the resignation was not accepted as of now.

"People like Suresh Kumar they do their service with much transparency, and with all fairness they are doing certain jobs. So, he was under the impression that a person who is serving in the public domain as a Minister, should not continue as a Minister till he comes out of the issues," said Gowda.

"But anyhow, this is not the right time to take a decision. So, at present resignation is not accepted. I will look into the matter after due consultation with my party leaders," he added.

Kumar, perceived to be a man with a clean image in the Karnataka political circle, faced charges that he secured the allotment though his kin, including his mother and daughter, who owned a house and two sites.

ANI

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