Anti-graft activists oppose bureau

Anti-graft activists oppose bureau

Members of Karnataka Bhrastachara Nirmoolana Vedike led by freedom fighter H S Doreswamy on Monday staged a dharna in front of Law Minister T B Jayachandra's office at Vidhana Soudha, protesting the government's decision to set up Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

The protesters demanded that the government should immediately withdraw the order issued recently to set up the ACB. The government has crippled the Lokayukta, which checked corruption. The Vedike will launch a State-wide agitation if the government refuses to give more powers to Lokayukta, former legislator A T Ramaswamy of the Vedike said.Besides, the protesters demanded that the government should act tough against land grabbers. The government had promised to set up special courts for the speedy trial of cases pertaining to land grabbing. But, the promise is yet to be fulfilled, former minister B T Lalitha Naik said.

Later in the day, Law Minister T B Jayachandra met the agitators and assured them that the process to set up the special courts and appointment of judges will commence with immediate effect.

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