Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday requested Karnataka Lokayukta head Santosh Hegde not to press his resignation, saying this would only encourage “corrupt elements” in the state.
The former Supreme Court judge, however, made it clear that he would stick to his decision.
Hegde tendered his resignation on Wednesday citing the “callous” attitude of the BJP government in the state towards fighting corruption.
“I requested Hegde not to press his resignation. The resignation will give greater encouragement and comfort to corrupt elements in Karnataka. Therefore, in the interest of the people of Karnataka, he should not press his resignation,” Chidambaram told him.
The minister later said Hegde had indicated that he would consider the request.
In Bangalore, Hegde said his decision to quit was final. “No political motive should be ascribed to it. This is my personal decision and it is final.”
He added,“He (Chidambaram) spoke as a friend, an acquaintance...It was a courtesy call.”