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BJP brass wanted me out, says Acharya

Gameplan? Opposition parties say AG forced to resign to woo Jayalalithaa.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2012 01:03 IST
Hindustan Times

Former Karnataka advocate general BV Acharya has said he was forced to resign the post on Wednesday after Karnataka government pressured him to quit as the special public prosecutor (SPP) in the wealth case against Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. His words contradicted the claims of chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda and were interpreted as a sign that the BJP was attempting to woo the AIADMK.

Gowda had claimed Acharya was holding two posts and was asked to quit one. A PIL had been filed regarding it and the government had no wish to face embarrassment.

"I am told the BJP high command took the view that I should resign as SPP," Acharya said on Thursday. He said he had been facing pressure on the issue for some time. But he refused to quit since the post was assigned by the chief justice of Karnataka high court.

“After I resumed the office of the advocate general six months ago, they started raising the ground that I should not hold two posts,” said Acharya, who had been appointed to the AG’s post in August 2010 for a record sixth time.

His comments unleashed criticism against the BJP. The DMK and the Congress claimed getting Acharya out of the picture was part of the BJP’s attempt to woo Jayalalithaa into NDA.

“Acharya’s remarks prove the extent to which BJP and the Karnataka government worked to remove him from a case involving Jayalalithaa,” said DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

“The BJP has always followed a policy of pressurisation, coercion and arm-twisting to cover their malpractices,” said Congress leader Ambika Soni in Delhi.

“The Karnataka government knew he (Acharya) was holding this post (of SPP since 2004) and they offered the advocate general's post to him without asking him to resign from the other post,” said Justice Santosh Hegde, an ex-SC judge. “Now, to raise all sorts of objections… obviously some political manoeuvring is going on.”

With inputs from other agencies

First Published: Feb 09, 2012 16:52 IST