BENGALURU: Following Justice Y Bhaskar Rao resigned as Lokayukta on Monday, all eyes are on the Particular Investigation Group (SIT) investigating the extortion scandal at the anti-corruption ombudsman he headed.
The staff, which has submitted chargesheets in 5 out of 6 extortion circumstances, has not named Rao as an accused in any. It is not obvious if sleuths will query him yet again.
In two of 5 chargesheets, Rao has been named as 1 of many witnesses, and not an accused. According to a single of the chargesheets, then BBMP Commissioner Lakshminarayana, allegedly called by Y Ashwin to the official residence of the Lokayukta, had complained about an extortion try to Rao.
In an additional chargesheet submitted just lately, Shankar Bhat, legal adviser to BDA Commissioner T Sham Bhat, purportedly informed the SIT that he had educated Rao about the no-objection certification Ashwin had sought in a land conversion situation.
Ashwin’s community allegedly performed its transactions from the official residence of Lokayukta on Crescent Street. A supply said a single of those guiding bars has alleged the offers ended up cut on holiday seasons, when Rao was not in town.
“It is not obvious if the SIT has established this or not. But they have not named Rao amid the accused,” the resource observed.
The Lokayukta’s identify might, however, figure in the additional chargesheet to be submitted by the SIT shortly.
In the meantime, social activist Alam Pasha has filed an interlocutory software (IA) ahead of the Lokayukta Unique Court docket, in search of directions for Rao to be named amongst the accused.
Decide V G Bopaiah has directed the SIT to file objections on the IA and adjourned the hearing to December 21.
The SIT have to now get a get in touch with on whether or not to make Rao an accused, the resource said. The investigators are submitting specifics to the Supreme Court, which will listen to the bail applications of accused on December 16.
SIT Extra Director-Standard of Law enforcement Kamal Pant refused to comment on the case.
thirteen,000 pending circumstances are not certain to see the mild of working day for some much more time With Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao resigning and Upa Lokayukta Subhash Adi on leave.
Even though the condition federal government has finalised the name of Upa Lokayukta, the reality is that some circumstances are from elected reps and these can be dealt with only by the Lokayukta.
800 fresh grievances have been gained following Justice Rao went on leave in July. These instances pertain to his jurisdiction only. This apart, all around 350 scrutiny notes want to be approved by the Lokayukta to move forward with the investigation.