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Nov 12, 2011 at 11:33pm IST

K'taka: Transfer of top Lokayukta cop sparks row

Bangalore: A Karnataka Lokayukta police officer who investigated former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is shifted out. The officer also claims threats from former prime minister H D Deve Gowda.

The senior police officer in the Karnataka Lokayukta, JV Gaonkar, was transferred out for writing that he was threatened by former prime minister Deve Gowda for ordering raids on his son Balakrishna Gowda.

According to observers, the transfer had nothing to do with Gowda, and everything with the probe on Yeddyurappa.

Meanwhile, Gowda also defended himself.

"Why should I threaten him? I told him if these type of things are going on, I may have to sit in dharna in front of the chief minister's house," said Gowda.

The man who has been a thorn in the Yeddyurappa government's side, former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde, though is clear that Gaonkar is paying the price for targeting the high and mighty in the state

"Obviously there can be no two inferences in why Gaonkar is removed. My inference is he's removed so investigations are slowed down and to suit certain personalities," said Hegde.

Unable to secure protection from the government over Gowda's alleged threat, and unable to fight the Yeddyurappa-influenced BJP government in the state, it is the police officer who is paying the price for the moment.