Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Home Politics Karnataka speaker to decide on Lokayukta deposition move, says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka speaker to decide on Lokayukta deposition move, says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka-Chief-Minister-Siddaramaiah

By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Congress government in Karnataka on Sunday said it will wait for the legislative assembly speaker’s ruling on opposition lawmakers’ move to oust the Lokayukta following a bribery charge against his son.

“It is for Speaker Kogadu Thimmappa to decide on the opposition move to remove Lokayukta Justice Y. Bhaskar Rao, though we have set up a special team to probe the graft charges against some officials in the institution and a Rs.1 crore bribe charge against his son Ashwin Rao,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters on Sunday.

About 60 Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal-Secular legislators jointly submitted a memo to the speaker on July 3 for Rao’s removal under the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984, which empowers the state legislature to do so.

“We will abide by the speaker’s decision, as we are not protecting anyone and will allow the law to take its course. As per the Act, the house only has the power to remove the ombudsman. It is also up to Rao to decide whether to step down or not,” Siddaramaiah said on the margins of a function here.

Opposition leader and former chief minister Jagadish Shettar of the BJP said corruption charges against the very institution that was set up to check graft was a body blow to democracy and weakens the crusade against such crimes.

“As Rao failed to prevent some Lokayukta officials and his son from being accused of taking bribes, he should step down till the probe is completed or the state government should ask him to support our demand,” Shettar told reporters after a party meeting.

The state legislature’s 10-day monsoon session is on since June 29 at Belagavi, 510 km from Bengaluru.

According to the speaker’s office, the business advisory committee will decide on Monday on the admission, discussion and ruling upon the opposition’s plea.

The opposition members had also submitted a similar memo on June 2 to legislative council Chairman D.H. Shankaramurthy for Rao’s ouster.

The state government had set up the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on June 30, under Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Kamal Pant on the ombudsman’s request on June 29 after city crime branch Joint Commissioner M. Chandra Shekar on June 27 declined to conduct the probe, as his father-in-law was facing a Lokayukta inquiry in a corruption case.

The Karnataka High Court on July 1 also allowed the SIT to conduct the probe and stayed an internal inquiry ordered by Upa Lokayukta Subhash B. Adi against some unidentified officials in the anti-graft watchdog and Ashwin Rao on a report by Lokayukta Superintendent of Police Sonia Narang in May.

(With inputs from IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,779FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Chinese Spacecraft To Bring Lunar Soil From Moon

China's Chang'e-5 mission, intended to bring back around 2 kg of lunar soil and rocks to the earth, touched down on the Moon on...

America’s Favorite Snacks Invented By US Military

From instant coffee to Cheetos, packaged cookies, and energy bars, the U.S. military helped invent many of the snacks Americans love to eat. The effort...

COVID Pandemic Obstructed Global Fight Against AIDS

Tuesday is World AIDS Day, with organizations around the world highlighting the need to support those living with and affected by HIV, the virus...

Focus on Having Healthy Heart To Face COVID

Amid the rising cases of Covid-19 in Delhi-NCR, health experts on Tuesday stressed that along with a focus on overall health, taking special care...

Enchanting Tale On Impact of Social Media

This is among the first books to explore the psychological impact of social media, especially Instagram. Garv Roy Gill and Yahvi Kothari meet by chance...

Book on Range of Issues in India By Ram Madhav

For the last few decades, Ram Madhav, formerly the national General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been observing and participating in...

Short Film Based On Digital Detox Streaming On OTT

Signal, a short film that highlights how digital detox is the need of the hour, has now dropped on OTT. The 32-minute film revolves...

LVB Write-off To Hurt Investor Sentiments of Smaller Banks

The write-off of Lakshmi Vilas Bank's (LVB) debt is likely to hurt investor sentiment toward lower-rated and smaller Indian banks, which would push up...

Recent Comments