Appoint fair and fearless as Lokayukta but not Justice Vishwanath Shetty: AAP
Even though the Lokayukta has no power to investigate, it still has some 2300 cases pending, including the Arkavathy Denotification case against the CM himself.
Bengaluru: The proverbial last nail in the coffin of Lokayukta was driven as soon as the Congress government snatched away the power to investigate and gave it away to the handmaiden called ACB. But it has still come as a shock, to the people of the state, that the CM has finalized the name of Justice Vishwanath Shetty for the post of Lokayukta.
Even though the Lokayukta has no power to investigate, it still has some 2300 cases pending, including the Arkavathy Denotification case against the CM himself. In addition, it has corruption cases against State Ministers RV Deshpande, KJ George and BJP Leaders like BS Yeddyurappa, Katta Subrahmanya Naidu and Krishnaiah Shetty. To take all these cases to a logical conclusion without being politically influenced, a fearless and clean judge was needed. Appointing an advocate, who has been a defense counsel of a strong Vokkaliga minister in Siddaramaiah cabinet and the most corrupt mining baron, Janardhan Reddy in various cases of corruption, is a classic case of a fox being given the job of guarding a flock of sheep.
Moreover, Vishwanath Shetty's name was also heard the Judicial Layout scam, where he is alleged to be owning a residential site No 71 in RT Nagar but still applied for and got another site no 1395 in the Judicial Layout allegedly on the basis of a false affidavit.
In fact, Justice SR Nayak's name was rejected by the Governor for this very reason and Justice Shivaraj Patil had resigned - after his name was recommended for Lokayukta post - earlier on same allegation.
Could it be an understanding between BJP and Congress to render the office of Lokayukta totally toothless and to bury the cases against their party leaders.
While both Congress and BJP are trying hard to decimate the Lokayukta, JD(s) is behaving as if it has no role in this episode. But AAP warns that it will not remain a silent spectator and allow such machinations.
AAP demands the government not to appoint Justice Vishwanath Shetty instead a clean and fearless man must be appointed to the post.