Karnataka Guv Bhardwaj refutes charges

Bangalore: Refuting allegations levelled in a complaint filed by a lawyer against him in a Delhi police station, Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj today said he had good relations with all political leaders when he was the Law Minister and nobody could complain against him.

“I had good relations with Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Brinda Karat and BJP leaders when I was the Union Law Minister. Nobody can complain against me,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. The complaint filed by Vishwanath Chaturvedi sought registration of a case against Bharadwaj, former Law Minister, and a few others over the Centre`s reported decision to close a case of disproportionate assets against Mulayam Singh Yadav and other members of his family.

Chaturvedi had alleged that the decision was taken to close the case against the Samajwadi Party chief in return for his support to the UPA government in the crucial trust vote in July 2008.

Bhardwaj said he didn`t know Chaturvedi, but said he is a “mischievous person.” Denying his role in the reported decision to close the case against Mulayam Singh, Bhardwaj said “you ask Mulayam Singh, why are you asking me?” The others named in the complaint included the then Minister of State for Personnel Prithviraj Chavan and the then Solicitor General G E Vahanvati among others.