New Delhi, Jan 24 (Agencies): Top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met President Pratibha Patil on Monday to demand the recall of Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj. Three more complaints filed against Karnataka CM
The delegation comprising of LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu submitted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by all the BJP MPs from Karnataka to the President on Monday.
However, the delegation led by Advani did not include embattled Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.
Yeddyurappa, who was in Delhi on Sunday for consultations with the party's national leadership, was advised not to approach President Pratibha Patil directly for the moment, but return to Bangalore and take both political and legal opinions on the issue.
After meeting President Patil, speaking to reporters Advani said, "The operative part of our MoU submitted to the Rashtrapati on behalf of MPs from Karnataka is that the President kindly withdraw her pleasure and recall Governor HR Bharadwaj."
The BJP has accused Bhardwaj of acting as a Central Government agent in sanctioning the prosecution of Yeddyurappa and others for their role in the land scam case.
On Sunday, Yeddyurappa said he wanted to meet with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.
He said he would not file a case in the Karnataka High Court just yet with regard to the Governor's decision to sanction his prosecution.
Yeddyurappa has been accused of misusing his post and involved corruption for allotting state-owned land plots to his kith and kin.
The controversy related to the allotment of 2.5 acres of prime de-notified land in the state capital to Yeddyurappa's two sons.
Meanwhile, three more complaints were filed against Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and others in connection with alleged land scam cases on Monday.
The complaints filed by Advocate Sirajin Basha relate to the alleged illegal transfer of land, abuse of power, criminal conspiracy, cheating and securing of illegal gain for the kith and kin of the Chief Minister and those associated with him.
The Chief Minister has been named as common accused in all the three complaints filed in the 23rd Additional City and Civil Sessions court and the two complaints filed on Sunday.
The Chief Minister's son, in-laws, and companies that allegedly benefitted from the land deals were named as accused in the complaints.
As per the complaints, Yeddyurappa and others had allegedly secured monetary gain of over Rs 189 crore and caused a loss to the exchequer to the tune of over Rs 465 crore.
Sirajin Basha is one of the two advocates on whose petitions Governor HR Bhardwaj gave the sanction for prosecution proceedings against Yeddyurappa.
BJP had dubbed the sanction as constitutionally "improper" and "politically motivated".
New Delhi, Jan 24 (Agencies): Top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met President Pratibha Patil on Monday to demand the recall of Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj.
Three more complaints filed against Karnataka CM