Bangalore: Retired Karnataka High Court
Judge S B Majage was Monday sworn-in as the state`s Upalokayukta
at a brief ceremony in Raj Bhavan here.
The Upalokayukta post had been lying vacant for seven
Lokayukta Santosh Hegde had demanded that the post be
filled up and was one of the conditions laid down by him for
withdrawing his resignation from the post earlier this month.
Speaking at a function after taking over office,
Majage said that he would work "within the ambit of law" and
would make sincere and honest effort to check corruption.
He asked aggrieved persons to come forward and lodge
complaints if they have been affected by corruption.
Majage described it as "a golden opportunity" given to
him to serve people and said he would peruse through all
pending files and try and redress grievances of people.
Speaking on the occasion, Hegde said that "it gave him
great satisfaction to see that the Upalokayukta had been
The Lokayukta said that there were nearly 7,000 to
8,000 pending cases and nearly 3,500 cases ready to be cleared
and awaiting the nod from the Upalokayukta.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said that the
government as promised had filled in the vacancy of
Upalokayukta and was confident that it would help strengthen
the hands of the institution.