Bangalore: Two PILs were filed in the Karnataka
High Court on Monday challenging the appointment of Upa Lokayukta
The petitioners contended that the appointment of
Upa Lokayukta was "illegal and ultra vires as per section 3
sub clause 2 of the Lokayukta Act which states that five
persons including the Chief Justice of the High Court, leaders
of the Opposition and Assembly Speaker must be consulted
before appointing the Upa Lokayukta".
"In this case, the most important person, the Chief
Justice has not been consulted", advocates M Anand and
Janagere Krishna submitted in their petitions.
Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen, in a letter written to
Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda last week, had objected to
Chandrashekariah`s appointment as Upa Lokayukta by violating
the Lokayukta Act.
Justice Sen had said Chandrashekaraiah was appointed
without consulting him as required under law, and as per
section 3(2)(A) of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984, he
should have been consulted.