Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who is in the line of fire from opposition after a video emerged wherein he could be heard giving orders, has come up with a bizarre explanation of his act, stating he was saying those things as a 'citizen', and not as a CM while questioning the legal system of the country.
Speaking to the media on this matter, the JD(S) leader issued a third clarification within a space of day on the original matter. He said, "After I reached Vijayapura airport yesterday at around 5pm, when police brought this incident to my notice. It affected my mind. I called the police and made a statement. In the recent days, our country's plight is such. People who have committed murders come out on bail. The legal system is that way. People who have committed these crimes have no fear of the law. Such instances can be seen in different cases. The country's system is that way. I'm telling you this with a lot of pain. I've already given orders to the police. One of the suspects who'd committed a murder was out on bail. Although the police knows that he's out on bail, they didn't take preventive steps. I know that the lapse is on their part. I'm saying this as a citizen not as the CM. I've ordered an enquiry."
A video had emerged earlier in the day, wherein Kumaraswamy could be heard speaking to police officials, ordering them to shoot those individuals who had murdered one of the JD(S) leader in the state on Monday. Further in the footage, the Karnataka CM also mentioned that he was disappointed with the cops for their handling of crime.
Though, since the controversial video emerged, the JD(S) supremo has issued three different clarifications. The first time around, he defended himself by saying that killing the accused wasn't his order, and that he had said so after becoming emotional.
His second defence came in the form of 'slip of tongue'. Kumaraswamy told media that he had given the shootout order in a different context, and that he intended to say something else.
And now, he is trying to shift the blame on the legal system, stating that he is speaking as a 'citizen', and not as a 'CM'.