BENGALURU: After Justice Y Bhaskar Rao resigned as Lokayukta on Monday, all eyes are on the Specific Investigation Crew (SIT) investigating the extortion scandal at the anti-corruption ombudsman he headed.
The group, which has submitted chargesheets in 5 out of 6 extortion instances, has not named Rao as an accused in any. It is not very clear if sleuths will issue him once more.
In two of 5 chargesheets, Rao has been named as one particular of many witnesses, and not an accused. In accordance to one particular of the chargesheets, then BBMP Commissioner Lakshminarayana, allegedly known as by Y Ashwin to the formal home of the Lokayukta, had complained about an extortion try to Rao.
In an additional chargesheet submitted not too long ago, Shankar Bhat, authorized adviser to BDA Commissioner T Sham Bhat, purportedly advised the SIT that he experienced informed Rao about the no-objection certificate Ashwin experienced sought in a land conversion scenario.
Ashwin’s network allegedly conducted its transactions from the formal home of Lokayukta on Crescent Highway. A resource mentioned 1 of these powering bars has alleged the offers have been minimize on holidays, when Rao was not in town.
“It is not distinct if the SIT has proven this or not. But they have not named Rao amid the accused,” the source observed.
The Lokayukta’s identify may possibly, however, figure in the further chargesheet to be filed by the SIT soon.
Meanwhile, social activist Alam Pasha has submitted an interlocutory software (IA) ahead of the Lokayukta Specific Court, seeking instructions for Rao to be named among the accused.
Decide V G Bopaiah has directed the SIT to file objections on the IA and adjourned the listening to to December 21.
The SIT need to now get a get in touch with on whether to make Rao an accused, the supply mentioned. The investigators are distributing information to the Supreme Courtroom, which will listen to the bail programs of accused on December 16.
SIT Extra Director-Basic of Law enforcement Kamal Pant refused to comment on the situation.
thirteen,000 pending cases are not sure to see the light-weight of day for some far more time With Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao resigning and Upa Lokayukta Subhash Adi on leave.
Although the condition federal government has finalised the identify of Upa Lokayukta, the simple fact is that some cases are from elected representatives and these can be dealt with only by the Lokayukta.
800 new problems have been obtained following Justice Rao went on go away in July. These situations pertain to his jurisdiction only. This aside, all around 350 scrutiny notes need to be accredited by the Lokayukta to continue with the investigation.