Mangaluru: “BJP leaders are directly involved in the murder of Vinayak Baliga and Harish Poojary,” said District Minister In-charge B Ramanath Rai. He was speaking at a press meet held at the district Congress office here, on April 6.
Ramanath Rai said that BJP did not react to the murder of Vinayak Baliga because of their direct involvement in the case. “Congress wants swift justice to be served in both the murder cases,” he added.
Speaking about the Anti-Corruption Bureau he said, “ACB is already set up in 12 states which include those ruled by the BJP as well. We will ensure that the policies of Lokayukta are not altered and it will not be an irrelevant body.”
Ramanath Rai said that there were several cases pending before the Lokayukta and transferring those cases to ACB will only make the process fast. “Even though Lokayukta does the initial investigation, a thorough investigation is done by the police department only. But ACB will ensure speedy disposal of corruption cases within the state. People should nor think that the Congress is planning to protect the corrupt officials. Congress does not want to make the Lokayukta weak,” he added.
He further said that ACB is answerable to the Chief Minister and it is only in Kerala that the ACB reported to the Home Minister. State Government has taken steps to appoint a Lokayukta, but the process was pending before the governor. He hit out at BJP and said, “There was an uproar to set up a Lokpal, but though the bill is passed, Lokpal is yet to be appointed.”
Speaking about sand mining he said that a meeting regarding the mining in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) was held on April 5 and a decision pertaining to it will be taken within two days, PWD has floated tenders to mine sand in Non-CRZ region. “I can’t pressurize any officer to make the process any quicker. It would be against the law to do so. If there is any illegal mining taking place then the law will take appropriate action against it,” Ramanath Rai said.
MUDA Chairman, Ibrahim Kodijal, Mayor Harinath, President of Youth Congress, Mithun Rai and others were also present.