K’taka: ‘Upa Lokayukta appointed violating rules’

In another embarrassment to BJP government in the state, Karnataka HC Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen has written to CM D V Sadananda Gowda, objecting to the appointment of former judge Chandrashekharaiah as a Upa Lokayukta.

Bangalore: In another embarrassment to BJP
government in the state, Karnataka High Court Chief Justice
Vikramjit Sen has written to Chief Minister D V Sadananda
Gowda, objecting to the appointment of former judge
Chandrashekharaiah as a Upa Lokayukta by violating the
Lokayukta Act.

In his letter, Justice Sen said Chandrashekaraiah was
appointed without consulting him as required under the law,
according to Chief Minister`s Secretariat sources.

Justice Sen noted that as per section 3(2)(A) of the
Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984, he should have been consulted.

Under the Act, the government must consult a panel
comprising the presiding officers of both Houses of the
Legislature, opposition leaders of the two Houses and the
Chief Justice.

Justice Sen also questioned the government over Justice
Chandrashekaraiah`s appointment after he raised the issue of
alleged Mysore Resort sex scandal in 2002 with which the
latter`s name was linked, sources said.

A high-level judicial inquiry committee, however, in its
report submitted to the then Chief Justice of India V.N.Khare,
had given clean a chit to Chandrashekharaiah and two other
judges, saying it found "no evidence" against them.

PTI

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