There are 43 complaints of corruption against Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah pending before the Lokayukta. The complaints are pending in various stages.
Justice Rao who stepped down as the Lokayukta had come under the scanner following the arrest of his son, Ashwin. It was alleged that Ashwin was running an extortion racket. It was further alleged that Justice Rao had known about it and even delayed action against his son.
The Karnataka government will issue an official order to set up the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the state. The creation of the ACB has been marred by controversy with a large number of persons stating that it is being created only to weaken the Lokayukta.
Last week the Special Investigating Team had sought sanction to prosecute Justice Rao on the charge that he had not informed the law enforcement agencies about his son who was alleged to be involved in an extortion racket.
This is in fact the third time that he has extended his leave ever since the Lokayukta was rocked by allegations of extortion in which Justice Rao’s son is one of the accused.
The Karnataka Lokayukta Act has been amended and this paves the way for the ouster of Justice Y Bhaskar Rao, Lokayukta of Karnataka. The opposition BJP in the state of Karnataka has started a signature campaign seeking the ouster of the Lokayukta. The amended act which was approved by the Governor of Karnataka a few days back makes the process to oust the Lokayukta simpler.
Last month the Karnataka Legislature had empowered itself to remove the Lokayukta Justice Bhaskar Rao and had even simplified the procedure.