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Tuesday, 19 April 2016
For Now, Lokayukta to Take Up Corruption Cases Under Trial
The New Indian Expree dated 19/4/16
BENGALURU: The state government on Monday informed the High Court
that the Lokayukta police wing has been asked to follow-up on 1,640
corruption cases under trial before the Lokayukta Special Courts across
This will continue till the newly constituted Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is fully functional.
state government also informed the court that around 700 Lokayukta
police personnel will not be jobless as observed by the court earlier,
as they have been asked to follow-up on pending cases.
Advocate General A S Ponnanna made a submission to this effect before
Justice A N Venugopala Gowda, who is reviewing the delay in
investigation and trial of corruption cases.
Intervening at this
stage, Justice Gowda observed that there is still confusion among the
general public about the ACB. People do not know where to lodge a
complaint. At Khanija Bhavan there is no system in place to receive
complaints, he said.
Ponnanna made this submission based on the
decision taken on April 5 by the committee chaired by the Chief
Secretary. He also contended that the state government is committed to
strengthen the ACB.
Since hearing of two PILs challenging the ACB’s constitution is pending before the
division bench headed by
Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, Justice Gowda adjourned the proceedings to April 25. The PILs will be heard on Wednesday.
committee headed by Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav decided to ask the
Lokayukta police to handle pending trial cases as there is stiff
resistance to disband the Lokayukta police wing.
Besides, the division bench of the High Court stayed the transfer of corruption cases pending for investigation to the ACB.