CID Asks Govt to Entrust Irrigation Probe to Lokayukta

Bangalore
CID Asks Govt to Entrust Irrigation Probe to Lokayukta
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The Karnataka Crime Investigation Department (CID) DGP today requested the state government to transfer the investigations into alleged financial irregularities in Upper Krishna Project from it to Lokayukta.

CID DGP Shankar Bidari made the plea to the government to refer the issue to Lokayukta probe a day after former Prime Minister H D Devegowda and his son, former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy slammed the CID for the FIR registered against officials and contractors.

The CID had filed a case in Vidhana Soudha Police Station on October 26 to probe alleged financial irregularities in awarding 'piece contract' in Upper Krishna project during 1995-98. Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda was Karnataka Chief Minister during 1994-1996 before he was elevated to the post of Prime Minister.

"I am afraid that our investigation will be affected by the stigma of allegations made by Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy," Bidari told reporters here.

While Deve Gowda accused Bidari of raking up the case with an "aim" to become the state's DGP, Kumaraswamy described the FIR as an act of "political witch hunting".

"The officials have done it under pressure from some quarters after I brought up a series of exposes against the BJP government. It is nothing but political witch hunting," Kumaraswamy had said.

Bidari said there was no truth in the fact that he registered the FIR into UKP scam to become DGP of the state. "I have always believed in the dictum 'If God is for me, who can be against me'," he quipped.

Further the allegations contained in the FIR involve works of Irrigation Department which require technical expertise and constant advice and assistance of senior engineers, Bidari said.

"The posts of senior engineers are not available in the CID, whereas senior posts of engineers are available in the Lokayukta. Therefore, I have requested the government to entrust the investigation to the Lokayukta, which is not under the control of the government, unlike the CID," he said.

Refuting allegations made by Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy, Bidari said the case has been registered at the instance of government order dated December 20, 2010, and not at the personal instance of the then Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

"This allegation is false, baseless and motivated," he said.

Despite CID not naming any officer or contractor in the FIR, he said he was at a loss to understand the reasons for their allegations.

Bidari alleged that Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy were issuing "threats and making wild allegations" against him as he was discharging his duties in a bonafide manner as per Government Order.

Also refuting claims that the then DGP had not filed the case, he said it was the duty of officer concerned to do the same. "If the previous DGP has failed to do so, it is for him to explain the reasons for not implementing the Government Order," Bidari contended.

He said despite the allegations made against him, he would continue to act without fear or favour and in an impartial manner.

"I will always discharge my duties without malice towards anyone including Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy," Bidari said.

Bidari also recalled the appreciative words of Gowda for his "courageous work" to bring evidence on the availability of water and crop condition in Cauvery delta within 36 hours when other departments failed to do.
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