`Corruption will not be tolerated at any level`

Former Supreme Court Judge, Shivaraj V Patil on Wednesday took over as Karnataka Lokayukta and said corruption would not be tolerated at any level in the state.

Bangalore: Former Supreme Court Judge,
Shivaraj V Patil on Wednesday took over as Karnataka Lokayukta and
said corruption would not be tolerated at any level in the

Addressing his maiden press meet after being sworn-in by
Governor H R Bhardwaj, he said, "let the message go that
corruption will not be tolerated at any level in the state.
Stringent action will be taken against those who indulge in it

Asserting that pressure of any kind shall not work,
Patil, who succeeds Santosh Hegde whose term ended yesterday,
warned that if some people indulged in exerting pressure,
"they will regret".

Earlier, Patil had probed the procedures followed in
allocation of telecom spectrum in 2001-09 following the 2G
spectrum scandal.

Patil said the oath he had undertaken would be his
"guiding spirit" and he would stand by it.

Though the oath is "tough and challenging as
expectations are high, I will make endeavours to see that
culprits are brought to book at the earliest. The good work
done by the previous Lokayukta will be carried forward and we
will add to it, Patil said.

Responding to a query on the report on illegal mining
submitted by Hegde (which indicted outgoing Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa), Patil said, "the report submitted by Lokayukta
is long and stupendous. I have not yet read the report, unless
I study the report in detail, I cannot comment on it".

To another question on Governor according sanction to
Lokayukta police to initiate criminal proceedings against
Yeddyurappa over the report on illegal mining, Patil said,
"the communique sent by the Governor, has not yet been placed
before me, once it is placed. I will examine it and take
appropriate action as per the Lokayukta Act".On his action plan to tackle corruption, Patil said.

"every individual, every Lokayukta has a particular style,
instead of saying it, wait and see".

In response to another question on Lokayukta being
provided more teeth, Patil said to some extent he felt that
more powers were needed. However, he said he would have to
study it in depth.

To another query, he said his appointment was not by the
BJP. "My appointment is by a competent authority. I have never
considered or consider myself to be appointed by the BJP".

"I have been a judge at various levels. I can be polite
in treatment and firm in judgement. Time will unfold", he

Tough action would be taken against Lokyukta officers
found guilty of indulging in corruption. "I am looking for
officers with unquestionable integrity", he said.

Referring to complaints on maladministration, he said
currently 11,000 complaints were pending. "We will have to
reach the people. We three (along with two Upalokayuktas) have
decided, to go to different places and hear the grievances on
the spot and see what can be done".

The priority would be to ensure that all cases reach
their logical conclusion and disposed of expeditiously and the
culprits brought to book, Patil said, adding it was necessary
to root out corruption for good governance.

He announced that he along with two Upalokayuktas, R
Gururajan and S B Majage, will declare their assets which will
soon be put up on the official website.


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