Withdrawal of cases flayed

Congress President R V Deshpande said, the move exposed the true colours of the BJP government, while Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council V S Ugrappa said it was a desperate decision by C M Yeddyurappa to save his chair.

JD(S) spokesperson Y S V Datta alleged that by withdrawing the cases, the CM was indirectly supporting illegal mining operations. Cases filed against farmers in connection with the Haveri firing incident and several Kannada activists are pending in courts. But the government has not bothered to withdraw any of these cases, he stated.

Deshpande in a press statement said, the government had bent backwards to withdraw the cases with a political intent even as farmers, labourers and Congress workers were languishing in jail in their struggle for social justice.

Ugrappa also claimed that cases against Sangha Parivar members and BJP workers had beenwithdrawn. He said the Congress will expose the “misdeeds” of the  government in the forthcoming legislature session.

CM plays down

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa sought to play down the state cabinet’s decision to withdraw a number of criminal cases involving the powerful Reddy brother ministers in Gulbarga on Friday.

Asked about the propriety of withdrawing criminal cases he said that there was nothing unusual as a number of criminal cases have been withdrawn earlier by the cabinet and they may include a couple of cases pertaining to the ministers also.

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