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Governor to hear plea to disqualify three ministers

Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy and Health Minister Sreeramulu are assembly members from the mine-rich Bellary district while Janardhana Reddy is an MLC. Normally any petition seeking disqualification of an MLA or MLC presented to the Governor are referred to the presiding officers of the concerned Houses, according to a legal expert.

india Updated: May 10, 2010 23:19 IST

In an unusual action, Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj will hold a hearing on June 3 on a petition against three ministers, including mining magnets Reddy brothers, seeking their disqualification from legislature membership.

Senior state Congress leader K C Kondaiah in his January 13 petition to the Governor alleged that the ministers -- G Janardhna Reddy, G Karunakara Reddy and B Sreeramulu -- had misused their powers and amassed huge wealth and pleaded for their disqualifications as Assembly and Council members.

Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy and Health Minister Sreeramulu are assembly members from the mine-rich Bellary district while Janardhana Reddy is an MLC.

Normally any petition seeking disqualification of an MLA or MLC presented to the Governor are referred to the presiding officers of the concerned Houses, according to a legal expert.

This is for the first time that the Governor has exercised his power under Article 191 of the Constitution (relating to disqualification provisions) and issued notices, he said.

On the basis of the complaint, the Governor on January 19 issued a notice under the Article seeking replies from Reddy brothers and Sreeramulu.

The ministers had furnished their replies through their legal counsel within three days, sources close to them said.

In the reply, the ministers said there was no substance in the allegation and requested the Governor that no action was warranted and he need not proceed further.

The sources said Bhardwaj last week again issued a notice asking them to appear before him in person today following which Reddy brothers' counsels -- Ravishankar and K Yadav -- appeared on their behalf and filed the 'vakalat' (an application authorising a lawyer to represent a party)

"We have filed the vakalat. The Governor has fixed the hearing on June 3," Ravishankar told reporters after meeting the Governor.

A top Raj Bhavan official said on condition of anonymity "yes notices have been issued. But I can't comment on it further".

Incidentally Kondaiah, a former MP, also hails from Bellary.