Lokayukta’s Prolonged Leave Ends in Resignation

Lokayukta’s Prolonged Leave Ends in Resignation

Submitted by Subeditor on Tue, 2015-12-08 13:41 Bengaluru: After 140 days of prolonged leave, Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao submitted his resignation fearing impeachment in the State Legislative Assembly. Rao submitted his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala on Monday evening as the former was also not in a position to extend his leave any further. The Governor accepted the resignation on Tuesday morning and thus giving a new twist to the controversy surrounding alleged rampant corruption in the watchdog agency Lokayukta.Law Minister T B Jayachandra, while interacting with the media persons, briefed that the Secretary to the Governor had apprised him about the resignation of Rao and its acceptance by the Governor. It may be noted that the Assembly had accepted the motion to impeach Rao as he was not quitting the post despite uproars from the public and opposition parties alike. Rao was adamant on not resigning and instead took a long leave from July 27 after his son Ashwini Rao's arrest on July 26 this year along with few others including a TV journalist and former Lokayukta PRO Syed Riaz. Rao managed to be on leave for 140 days and was not in a position to prolong it any further as it had exceeded the maximum official limit. Long leave was a desperate strategy by Rao to evade his arrest in the corruption case against his son, Lokayukta PRO and others. At the same time, speculations are rife that the government might make use of this situation to dissolve the Lokayuta agency by scraping the Lokayukta Act in the Assembly and save several of its ministers who are facing Lokayukta cases. “Strangely” enough, the opposition leaders are also are supporting this idea as their leaders are also involved in several cases including illegal mining which is already being probed by the SIT of the Lokayukta.