'Releasing 600 prisoners at once is not feasible'
Govt putting pressure on me: Governor
Bangalore, Sep 12, DH News Service:
The Government is building unwarranted pressure on me over the bill on
Cow Slaughter ban, Governor H R Bhardwaj said, while attending the
muhurath of a Sanskrit movie based on the Sanskrit play, 'Shri
Krishnaiayah Mishrara Prabodha Chandrodaya'at Ravindra Kalakshetra on
"I am a Brahmin. I need not learn about cow protection from anybody,"
Bhardwaj said, slamming BJP ministers attacking him for not giving his
assent to a bill banning cow slaughter and forwarding it to President
Pratibha Patil for a decision.
Several ministers and State BJP chief K S Eshwarappa have been
criticising Bhardwaj for not assenting to the bill and had organised a
state-wide demonstration last week to press Patil for early nod to the
Bhardwaj also took exception to BJP ministers attacking him for
rejecting the government's recommendation to release a group of
criminals on the basis of their good conduct.
"I do not think that the release of 600 prisoners at a single time as
envisaged was a feasible idea. We will consider each case on an
individual level and think about it," he said.
"I am not an outsider. I am the head of this government. It is my
duty to see this government functions according to the constitution,"
he said referring to the anti-cow slaughter bill.
"If there is no problem I will give assent. If there is a problem it
is referred to the president. There is no shortcut when it comes to
constitutional matters. If they want shortcut, I will not allow it,"
The government had recommended release of around 590 life convicts
across the state on the occasion of Independence Day on the ground of
good conduct. They had gone on hunger strike after the governor did
not agree to their release.
Bhardwaj had rejected the recommendation citing several court
judgements on the issue of release of life convicts.
"Do you want the governor to get strictures from the court?"
State Prisons and Horticulture Minister Umesh Katti, criticising the
governor for not accepting the recommendation, has been saying that
the government will approach the president, which has angered
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