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SC's verdict on BMIC will be respected: Gowda

Former PM HD Devegowda rubbished reports that he was pressurising the K'taka government to scuttle BMIC.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 15:11 IST

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowdaon Thursdayrubbished reports that he was pressurising the Karnataka government, led by his son, to scuttle the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Project (BMIC).

"Most of the reports are based on half truth and misunderstanding of the Court judgement and a good majority based on selectively planted information mixed with audacious lies," he told reporters here on Thursday.

The Supreme Court had cleared the Rs 2,250 crore Bangalore-Mysore four-lane express highway project dismissing the appeals filed by the Karnataka government against the Karnataka High Court judgement.

The state government was directed to pay Rs 5 lacs to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise Limited (NICE), a Pune-based consortium, the developer which had entered into an agreement with the state in 1997 for executing the project.

The apex court also directed that the project should be implemented forthwith and the attempts made to scuttle it by not releasing the land and trying to take away the land by passing a legislation will be against the order.

The JD(S) supremo also refuted the charge that a bogey was being created by him for favouring rich and influential farmers.

He said that no decision will be taken by the JD(S) government in Karnataka that will disrespect the court's verdict or aims to favour rich and influential people.

"Infact on the contrary we will sacrifice everything the day we realise we are not in a position to protect the interest of the poor," he added.

First Published: Jun 08, 2006 15:11 IST