- The JD(S) has made a pact with Congress, say sources
- This step will benefit the JD(S) greatly in the future believe the leaders
- JD(S) has given up by-poll to get Vokkaliga candidates in the top government posts
If sources are to be believed, the JD(S) had placed a proposal before the state government. The proposal was not to go in for an appeal following the court order regarding the appointment of 362 KAS officers. Now the government has decided to quash the allegation of 'auction of coveted post'.
The scam is surrounding the recruitment of Karnataka Administrative Officers in 2011 batch in which a few KAS officers were said to have auctioned the top posts in the government department secretly. The government under pressure had referred the matter to CID for investigation. Based on the findings, it was established that few candidates were asked to pay a bribe to get the top post.
Dr Mythri, a candidate, had alleged that a few officers through their PAs were demanding money for the Assistant Commissioner’s post. The government wanted to quash all the appointments of the 2011 batch officers after the matter became public.
However few candidates approached the court stating the genuine candidates will suffer if the appointment were made null and void. After years of hearing, the court also asked the government to go by Karnataka Public Service Commission’s order and not to question the appointments.
The government had initially decided to appeal against this order in the higher bench by presenting the CID report, which traced the calls by KAS officers, their PAs and some candidates prior to the release of a list of appointment order to 362 posts. But now the government has taken a U-turn on its decision of going against the court order and is refraining from questioning the appointments.
"Many candidates who were selected for various posts are said to be from 'Vokkaliga' community to which former CM HD Kumaraswamy and other prominent leaders belong. The leaders in JD(S) are said to have asked the Congress government not to appeal against them and help the candidates. Although JD(S) may not have fielded any candidates, but are sure winners as the candidates from Vokkaliga community will be in the top post and when time comes, will help Kumaraswamy and his family members," said a source.
However, JD(S) spokesperson Ramesh Babu said all this was just a rumour. “The JD(S) does not want to be a party to both national parties as they are opportunists. "Being a regional party, we do not have funds now to fight the by-election. The party also feels that fighting the election to remain in power for just a year has no meaning," he said.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:38 PM IST