Legislators send petitions with required of signatures to initiate the process of Bhaskar Rao on corruption charges
GN Bureau | November 18, 2015
The institution of lokayukta in Karnataka has been model for many states since inception. Now, it seems to fallen in its duty, thus allowing the legislature to step in to initiate the process of removal of current lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao on charges of corruption.
In the first step towards removal of Bhaskar Rao, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (Secular) on Tuesday submitted separate petitions to legislative assembly speaker Kagodu Thimmappa to initiate the process of conducting an inquiry into the allegations of corruption. The Opposition submitted a similar petition to council chairman DH Shankaramurthy as well.
Lokayukta Rao has not budged despite calls for his resignation and is on a long leave since July after his son was arrested by the special investigation team.
Forty-six BJP MLAs signed the petition submitted by Opposition Leader Jagadish Shettar and 40 JD(S) MLAs signed the petition.
After receiving the petition, the speaker said he would write to the chief justice of Karnataka asking him to constitute a committee of retired judges to probe the case.
The State amended the lokayukta act during the previous session of the State legislature in July and simplified the procedure for removal of the anti-graft ombudsman. For the lokayukta’s removal, one-third members of either House or both Houses of the legislature must sign a notice for a motion for the removal on the ground of ‘proved misbehaviour or incapacity’.
Once the speaker or chairman (or both) refer the petition to the chief justice, the lokayukta would be precluded from discharging duties during the pendency of the motion. The government can appoint an advocate to conduct the case.
If the investigation report finds truth in the allegations, the report would be taken up for consideration by the house or houses as the case concerned in which the motion is pending. Once the house or houses adopt the report, it would be sent to the governor for assent. And once the governor gives his assent, the lokayukta would be removed from office.
In its petition, the BJP, along with several charges against justice Rao and his son Ashwin, has sought removal justice Rao from office as per the Section 6(2) of the Karnataka Lokayukta (Amendment) Act, 2015 and Section 68 of the Judges (Inquiry) Rules.
The JD(S), in its notice, has stated that justice Rao had betrayed society by not tendering his resignation.
The party has argued that the lokayukta, instead of resigning had on leave despite protests against rampant corruption in the lokayukta institution. Many organisations have demanded his removal from office.
Karnataka lokayukta had become a model with action against officials and even legislators. Many states have been established on the Karnataka model. The previous lokayuktas were successful in curbing corruption, the party said. The party has submitted media reports on the issue as annexure to its petition.
The tax net needs to be expanded and the rich farmers must pay up their taxes. This week saw quite a bit of going back and forth over this prickly issue after Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy batted for taxing agricultural income. Niti Aayog vice chairman A
A giant yellow inflatable schistosomiasis worm, with ‘Making Schistory’ printed on it, floated on Lake Geneva, marking the five years since the London Declaration on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Though in 2015 about 1.59 billion people received treatment for at least
In order to provide broadband connectivity of BharatNet to post offices in rural areas, Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), department of posts and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have signed a tripartite agreement. The agreement is the first tri-partite MoU which
A giant yellow inflatable schistosomiasis worm, with ‘Making Schistory’ printed on it, floated on Lake Geneva, marking the five years since the London Declaration on neglected tropical diseases (NTD). Though in 2015 about 1.59 billion people received treatment for at least one of the 18 disease
Should agriculture income be taxed?
If it was needed at all, the supreme court has cleared the air. The Lokpal Act, it has ruled, is perfectly implementable even without the pending amendments. The interpretation from the apex court is welcome, but the government does not seem to be in any hurry to appoint the ombudsman in the first place.