Lokayukta wants Karnataka BJP MLA to step down
news Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | December 10, 2014 | 10.35 pm IST The Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao has demanded that BJP legislator M Krishnappa must step down from his post as he said that the "Lokayukta is satisfied that allegations against him are substantiated," reported Deccan Herald. A second time MLA from Bengaluru South constituency, Krishnappa was accused of illegal denotification of land in Uttarahalli village. After the land was denotified, the MLA joined hands with Rainbow properties, a firm owned by his daughter and son-in-law and constructed a multi-storeyed residential building, the newspaper said. The Lokayukta have said in their report that he misused his official position for personal gain. The complaint was lodged against him by journalist Nagalakshmi Bai and the Lokayukta had sent two letters to the Governor during which it stated that it was convinced of the allegations and they had substantial evidence against him, therefore he must no longer continue to hold his post. According to Section 13 of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, if the Lokayukta or Upa Lokayukta is satisfied that the allegations against the individual are true, then the individual must no longer continue his post. As per Section 2(4) (a), the governor has the powers to take an action against an MLA and they may choose to accept or reject the declaration after the individual has been given an opportunity to be heard.