Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde has described as a “political game” CM B S Yeddyurappa’s appeal to the Prime Minister to constitute a committee to inquire into the alleged phone-tapping scandal.
“I am the complainant in the case. I sit in an enquiry?”, quipped Hegde, a former Supreme Court judge, who last week claimed that his phone had been tapped, sparking a political uproar.
Yeddyurappa wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday requesting him to appoint a committee headed by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, with former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and Hegde as the other members.Making it clear that he would not be a part of the proposed panel, Hegde, a member of joint drafting committee on Lokpal bill, said, “These are all things…the games played by politicians…”
Hegde’s claim last week that his phone was tapped following leakage of his report on illegal mining — which he is due to submit on Wednesday — has snowballed into a major political issue.
The Opposition has been targeting the Yeddyurappa government, asking the Chief Minister to take moral responsibility and quit.
Yeddyurappa had said that if phone-tapping charges against his government are proved, he would quit his post and retire from politics.