Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-02-20 16:34 Bengaluru: Chief minister Siddaramaiah has firmly backed the appointment of Justice SR Nayak as the Lokayukta of Karnataka. In a meeting chaired by chief minister on Friday, four out of six members favoured Justice Vikramajit Sen to the coveted post, but the chief minister was adamant on Justice Nayak. The meeting which was convened in absentia of Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa, had leader of the opposition in the council K S Eshwarappa and Leader of opposition in the assembly Jagadish Shettar. The duo along with Chairman of Legistlative Council D H Shankaramurthy concurred with the appointment of Justice Sen saying that he was judge of the Supreme Court and eligible for the post. Acting Chief Justice Shubra Kamal Mukherjee, who is also a part of this six-member voted in favour of Justice Sen. However, the only relief for the CM is that the speaker sent a letter supporting the Chief Minister’s choice. CM Siddaramaiah, according to the sources, strongly favours Justice Nayak, who earlier headed State Human Rights Commission. Several times he was quoted by the media saying that he wants a Kannadiga Judge heading the Lokayuka institute. Opposition leader Shettar and other BJP leaders have been against his appointment. Shettar said that “Justice Nayak has not submitted any of the reports of the committees he headed earlier.” The BJP leaders have also said that there were several allegations against him. However, it will be the choice of CM Siddaramaiah to recommend a name to the Governor to appoint the Lokayukta.