The timing of the Lokayukta's resignation, which had dampened the two-year celebration of the BJP government - was seen by some as politically motivated - but the Lokayukta told NDTV that was not the case. He does in fact have a family connection with the party.
"I have no political friends or enemies and I have no affiliation whatsoever, and if at all I must have an affiliation, BJP should know it should be with them because my father was all-India vice president of BJP," said Justice Santosh Hegde.
- The Lokayukta's report on illegal mining, presented in December 2008, has been largely ignored. Now BJP president Nitin Gadkari has promised the state will take action. The Chief Minister has written to the Prime Minister to stop the export of raw iron ore.
- The Lokayukta's suo moto powers were withdrawn in the 1980s - Justice Hegde wants that back. He has been assured of immediate steps, and the state's law minister will coordinate with him.
- The Lokayukta had demanded the filling of the upalokayukta's post which had been vacant for months. 3000 of the 9000 pending cases in the upalokayukta's jurisdiction are ready for settling and only needing a signature. The state government has guaranteed the post will be filled soon.
- The punishment of an officer investigating an iron ore scam, which the Lokayukta described as the last straw has not only been cancelled, but the Chief Minister has also said the officer will be rewarded.
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