Press Esc to close

Lokayukta cops asked to re-probe charges

Bangalore, Dec 24, 2013, DHNS: 1:40 IST
The State government has written to the Lokayukta police to re-investigate the disproportionate assets case against a top government official.

The government’s move is said to be in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines on granting sanction to government servants facing probe under Prevention of Corruption Act. It clearly states that there is no room for re-investigating the allegations on the basis of the appeal by the accused. The Central Vigilance Commission too has issued guidelines on similar lines.

Despite the SC guidelines, the State Government has written to the Lokayukta police to “re-investigate” the allegations against S C Jayachandra, the Chief Planning Officer and Chief Engineer of Karnataka State Highway Development Project.

The Lokayukta police conducted a raid on Jayachandra in 2008 while he was serving as chief engineer for Hemavathi project. He was found to possess assets which were disproportionate to his income, by 102.69 pc. He was found to be owning two houses in Bangalore, two sites, 32 acres of land and as many as 25 bank accounts.

On May 25, 2012, the Additional Director General of Police (Lokayukta) submitted a proposal to the State government seeking its sanction to prosecute Jayachandra.

The Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) sat on the proposal for the last one and half years. However, on October 29, 2013, the DPAR officials, wrote to ADGP, Lokayukta, urging him to re-investigate the charges against the officer. They have cited an appeal filed by Jayachandra before the competent authority.

According to sources, Jayachandra has managed to bring pressure to seek re-investigation, after he failed in his attempt to prevail upon DPAR for refusing sanction.
When contacted, Chief Secretary to Government, Kaushik Mukherjee said he did not have complete information on the case, but will not allow violation of the SC guidelines. He said a committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary deals with issues relating to granting sanctions, and the request might have been forwarded following a request by the committee. “ I will obtain the information immediately and rectify the mistake, if any,” Mukherjee said.

Go to Top

More from this section
Photo Gallery
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar met members of the Indian Womens cricket team at the MCA BKC...

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar met members of the Indian Womens cricket team at the MCA BKC...

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu joins hands with ASEAN Ministers...

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu joins hands with ASEAN Ministers...

Karni Sena activists demonstrate against the release of Padmaavat, in Bhopal...

Karni Sena activists demonstrate against the release of Padmaavat, in Bhopal...

The tableau of Gujarat for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

The tableau of Gujarat for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

An artist of J & K tableau for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

An artist of J & K tableau for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

Jana Sena Party chief and actor Pawan Kalyan offers sweets to his wife Anna Lezhneva before...

Jana Sena Party chief and actor Pawan Kalyan offers sweets to his wife Anna Lezhneva before...

The tableau of Maharashtra for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

The tableau of Maharashtra for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

A woman shows the damage at her house after heavy shelling from the Pakistani side of the...

A woman shows the damage at her house after heavy shelling from the Pakistani side of the...

School students wear the customary yellow dress for Basant Panchami ...

School students wear the customary yellow dress for Basant Panchami ...

Police personnel guard as Buddhist monks wait at the entrance gate to enter Mahabodhi temple...

Police personnel guard as Buddhist monks wait at the entrance gate to enter Mahabodhi temple...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.