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K’taka defends Guv, says he did not demand renovation


Bangaluru : As Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala faced flak over the expenditure on Raj Bhavan renovation, Karnataka government on Friday justified the works saying it was a ‘routine exercise’ that was set in motion much before the present incumbent assumed office.

Vala had not demanded any renovation works at Raj Bhavan and the charges made against him were “not only false, but also baseless”, the government said, a day after the Governor was embroiled in a controversy after the expenditure came into public domain in reply to an RTI query.

Vala had landed in controversy over expenditure of Rs 4 crore on renovation of Raj Bhavan and another Rs 1.30 crore on air travel, including by special flights during nine months. The Congress government in Karnataka gave an approval on January 5, 2015 for taking up seven civil works at a cost of Rs 3 crore, besides electrical works worth Rs 1 crore, according to information furnished by the state public works department in reply to the RTI query.

The statement today said Raj Bhavan with a two-century old history is a heritage building visited by Heads of States and Heads of Governments both from India and abroad.