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Fmr Lokayukta joins BJP

Former Supreme Court Judge and Lokayukta N Venkatachala on Saturday joined BJP for what he called "to guide the party in the fight against corruption".

india Updated: Jan 31, 2009 14:43 IST

Former Supreme Court Judge and Lokayukta N Venkatachala on Saturday joined BJP for what he called "to guide the party in the fight against corruption".

Karnataka unit BJP President D V Sadananda Gowda welcomed him into the party.

"I have no personal agenda or ambition. They requested me to join the party and I have done it. Whatever the role the party gives, I will perform", the 72-year-old Venkatachala, who joined the saffron party along with his supporters, said.

His entry comes two days after Lokayukta police trapped BJP MLA Y Sampangi while allegedly accepting Rs five lakh bribe at the Legislators' Home in Banglore. The party has suspended him.

Venkatachala said he had not thought about contesting the coming Lok Sabha elections.

BJP sources said Venkatachala, who hails from Kolar, might be fielded from Bangalore north constituency.

'BJP will not protect corrupt people and cooperate in the ongoing investigations in the Sampangi case,' Gowda told reporters in Banglore.

He, however, appealed to Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde to take into account the property dispute between two persons that culminated in Sampangi being trapped and arrested under section(7) of the Prevention of Corruption act.

Gowda said Farook, whose complaint to Lokayukta led to the MLA been trapped, is not a BJP activist as claimed by him.