After a break of nearly three months, Upalokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi resumed office on Monday. Last week, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Kagodu Thimmappa dropped the proceedings on the motion to remove Justice Adi as Upalokayukta after a report by Justice R B Budihal gave him a clean chit.
Justice Adi had gone on leave on March 3, 2016, after a communication from the Speaker's office that he was precluded from discharging duties as Upalokayukta.
Subsequently, Justice Adi stopped using the official car and moved into his personal residence. “The Upalokayukta had not vacated his official residence in Sadashivanagar, but moved into his personal residence three months ago. This (Monday) morning, the official car was sent to pick him up from his official residence. He came to office by 11.30 am,” an official said.
Justice Adi went through a few pending files till evening. When asked about the state government's decision to take away the Prevention of Corruption Act from the ambit of the Lokayukta police, Justice Adi said, “I was away from work for almost three months. I have not seen the notification yet. I feel people suffering due to maladministration can still get remedies through the provisions of the Lokayukta Act. I will discuss this with Upalokayukta Justice N Ananda, and we will expedite pending enquiries,” he said.
Justice Adi refused to comment on the motion moved by 79 Congress MLAs and the enquiry that followed. “I have not received the enquiry report yet. The Speaker's office has only sent the ruling passed as per section 6 (10) of the Lokayukta Act. Hence, it is not proper to comment on the allegations and the report. This institution (Lokayukta) is more important than the people here,'' he said.