FIR against K’taka Lokayukta son in bribery scandal
An FIR was on Wednesday filed against Karnataka Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao’s son in connection with an alleged bribery scandal, as the issue rocked the assembly and pressure mounted for the exit of the anti-graft ombudsman.
The FIR was filed on the basis of a complaint that an executive engineer was asked to pay Rs 1 crore bribe to avoid a raid, Upa Lokayukta Subash Adi told a news agency.
Asked if Lokayukta’s son would be arrested, he said it was left to the institution’s Superintendent of Police Sonia Narang, who blew the lid off the alleged scandal. The alleged scam came to light after Narang wrote a letter to Lokayukta Registrar about the complaint she received from the Executive Engineer, who alleged that someone from the Lokayukta office demanded Rs 1 crore in bribe to avoid a raid.
As the Opposition and various organisations stepped up pressure for a CBI probe, the government said it could not hand over the case to the central agency unless the Lokayukta itself asks for it.
“This (Lokayukta) Act was made in 1985;... we cannot give it to CBI under Section 15 <g data-gr-id="28">sub clause</g> 3 of Lokayukta act...,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in the Assembly which is holding its monsoon session in <g data-gr-id="27">Belgavi</g>.
He said as per the recommendation made by Lokayukta under the provisions of the Act, <g data-gr-id="18">a SIT</g> headed by ADGP rank officer Kamal Panth who had earlier worked for CBI, had been formed.