Justice N Santosh Hegde said that Lokayukta had found "foolproof" and clinching evidence against Yeddyurappa and his sons for receiving bribes for granting illegal favours to mining companies, says Justice Hegde
Interview with N Santosh Hegde
Interviewed by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta Produced by Newsclick Team,
Former Lokayukta (or people's ombudsman) of Karnataka, N Santosh Hegde, who had prepared a voluminous report on illegal iron ore mining in the state in July 2011 that had severely indicted former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, is "saddened" that the Bharatiya Janata Party has nominated him as its Chief Ministerial candidate in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. A former judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice Santosh Hegde, whose father and he has had close links with the BJP, told Paranjoy Guha Thakurta in an exclusive interview that he and his officers in the Lokayukta had found "foolproof" and clinching evidence against Yeddyurappa and his sons for receiving bribes for granting illegal favours to mining companies. He express unhappiness that the state government and other law-enforcing agencies had not diligently pursued the cases against the former Chief Minister and his family members and rued the way in which the faith of ordinary people in the criminal justice system had been eroded.