Appoint Lokayukta on Gujarat model, says Santosh Hegde

Former Lokayukta justice Santosh Hegde opined that following Gujarat model, the Governor himself should appoint Lokayukta for the vacant post.

Addressing media before attending an anti-corruption rally and awareness programme organised by Raitha sangha, Hasiru sene and Karnataka Janapara vedike in Srirangapatna on Wednesday, Hegde said there is a lot of confusion among the people due to difference of opinion on the appointment of Lokayukta.

He pointed out that the then Gujarat Governor had appointed Lokayukta for the vacant post about six years ago. The Gujarat High Court had also upheld his appointment. Karnataka should also follow this method, he added.

The Governor should observe the Gujarat High Court’s opinion and then take steps for the appointment process. The Governor opposing the candidate recommended by the government and the government taking its own time in announcing the name of the alternative candidate is not good for anyone, he opined.

A K Subbaiah, who spoke on the occasion said as people are making assumptions on Bannurmath, who was suggested by the BJP government, the latter should respond and clarify the issue.

The Chief Minister D V Sadanandagowda should not be adamant and recommend another suitable person for the post, soon. If the Governor feels that the candidate is not suitable why has he not returned the related file to the government, he questioned.

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