The BJP and Congress are in a war of words over the removal of Upalokayukta Subhash B Adi with both parties claiming documents were in their favour.
On Monday, Law Minister TB Jayachandra said that the motion against Adi had not been admitted. However, on Tuesday afternoon, former law minister Suresh Kumar held a press conference releasing documents claiming that the state government had admitted the motion.
A motion to remove the Upalokayukta had been moved in the Assembly on November 27 despite opposition from the BJP.
Karnataka Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa came to the rescue of his party colleague Jayachandra on Tuesday evening. He told a Kannada news channel that the motion had only been moved but not admitted. He said that the government was proceeding with the utmost caution, as it did not want to be faulted on lack of evidence or any other technicality.
Jayachandra has claimed that the documents that Suresh Kumar released were false. Kumar however, said that he had obtained documents relating to the proceedings of the Assembly by due process. The documents show that the motion was admitted.
According to a report in Vijaya Karnataka, the official website of the Karnataka government shows that the motion has only been introduced.
This has raised speculation whether the government changed its stance after Kumarâ€™s press conference. Correction of the proceedings of the house is permitted, and is routinely done.
While passing a motion for the removal of Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao over his alleged role in the corruption within the Lokayukta, the Congress government also introduced a motion to remove Upalokayukta Adi. The Congress claimed that Adi had closed cases of graft involving relatives of former chief minister Jagadish Shettar illegally. Adi was accused of taking up the case even though it fell under the jurisdiction of the other Upalokayukta, and also of closing the cases even though there was prima facie evidence of wrongdoing.