Lokayukta took hasty decision on probe into graft, says Justice Adi

Lokayukta took hasty decision on probe into graft, says Justice Adi

 The Upalokayukta on Saturday said the Lokayukta had taken a hasty decision to hand over the probe into the charges of corruption at the ombudsman’s office in Bengaluru to the Central Crime Branch (CCB).

Addressing media persons here, Justice Subhash Adi said Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao’s decision was unexpected. “He has taken a hasty decision following reports in the media of his son’s involvement in the alleged corruption at the watchdog’s office,” he said.

Adi said the CCB was not a competent authority and was ranked below the institution of Lokayukta. “It cannot dig out the truth because it is susceptible to influence,” he added.
Terming the Lokayukta’s decision as “unfortunate”, Adi said the inquiry should be handled either by the Lokyukta or by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

He said no decision on the probe had been taken till Thursday evening and that Justice Rao had informed him about the CCB handling it, while he was at a meeting in Mangaluru. “There was not a even hint... the Lokayukta suddenly told me the investigating agency would be different. Since then I have not been in touch with him,” he said.

He said an impartial and in-depth probe into alleged corruption at the ombudsman’s office was the need of the hour. However, he said the CCB inquiry was in progress. “I am in constant touch with the investigating officials and I’m keeping abreast of the developments. It’s not proper to interfere in the inquiry which is under way.”

Clamour grows

The clamour for the Lokyukta’s resignation is growing. ‘Save Lokayukta Institution Action Forum’ on Saturday demanded that Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao step down to facilitate a free and fair investigation into the multi-crore corruption charges at the Lokayukta office, reports DHNS from Bengaluru.

The forum convenor, B M Shivakumar, stated in a press release that if the Lokayukta did not step down, they would be forced to launch a statewide agitation. The forum will stage a demonstration on Sunday at 11 am near Gandhi Bhavan in the City against the Lokayukta.

Social activist Saidatta, too, has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to uphold the dignity and sanctity of the Lokayukta institution. He urged the State government to take an initiative in this regard.

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