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Janata Dal (S) drags Yeddyurappa to court

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BANGALORE: After lodging a complaint with the Lokayukta against Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa for his alleged involvement in land scams, the Janata Dal (Secular) has dragged the Chief Minister to court questioning his decision to order a commission of inquiry even as the Lokayukta was seized of the matter.

JD(S) leader and MLC, Y.S.V. Datta, filed a petition against the Chief Minister alleging mala fide in the appointment of the one-man judicial commission to look into denotification of lands from 1995.

Taking exception to the constitution of the panel, Mr. Datta said such a commission could not have been appointed as the Lokayukta itself is looking into the issue. He said the JD(S) and several others had filed 84 complaints against the Chief Minister with the Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hedge.

Of the 84 cases, the Chief Minister is allegedly involved in denotification of land in 78 cases.

The Lokayukta, he said, has accepted the complaint and decided to investigate. Then, how can the Chief Minister take a unilateral and arbitrary decision to order an inquiry by the retired High Court Judge, B. Padmaraj, he asked.

He said if the commission is allowed to proceed, it could sabotage the Lokayukta investigation. “The very decision to constitute a commission and choosing a judge to preside over it, is nothing but an accused choosing his own judge,” he said.

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