Karnataka Governor rejects Lokayukta recommendation that MLA Krishnappa must step down?
news Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | December 11, 2014 | 11.38 m IST In a huge set back to Lokayukta, Governor Vajubhai Vala has rejected the recommendation sent by Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao against Bengaluru South constituency MLA M Krishnappa, reported Deccan Herald. On Wednesday, Justice Rao had sent a report to the governor recommending the MLA must step down from his post as they had found substantial evidence against him in the illegal denotification of land issue. However, the governor rejected the report on the grounds that the incident had happened during the previous term as an MLA. Krishnappa had illegally denotified several guntas of land in Uttarahalli village and built a multi-storeyed residential building in after entering into a joint agreement with a firm owned by his daughter and son-in-law. The case now stands closed against the MLA after the governor sent a letter to the Lokayukta, said the newspaper. The only option left now is to file a writ petition in the court. "There is no scope for review on the governorâ€™s decision on the declaration recommended by the Lokayukta. If the Lokayukta has submitted a report to the competent authority, the State government, as per Section 12 (3) of the Lokayukta Act, it is assumed that he is fully satisfied that the allegations against the public servant is substantiated. However, when the governor rejects the report, either fully or partly, there is no review whatsoever,â€ť the newspaper quoted a Lokayukta official.