Tuesday, 19 April 2016

For Now, Lokayukta to Take Up Corruption Cases Under Trial

The New Indian Expree dated 19/4/16
BENGALURU: The state government on Monday informed the High Court that the Lokayukta police wing has been asked to follow-up on 1,640 corruption cases under trial before the Lokayukta Special Courts across the state.
This will continue till the newly constituted Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is fully functional.
The state government also informed the court that around 700 Lokayukta police personnel will not be jobless as observed by the court earlier, as they have been asked to follow-up on pending cases.
Additional Advocate General A S Ponnanna made a submission to this effect before Justice A N Venugopala Gowda, who is reviewing the delay in investigation and trial of corruption cases.
Intervening at this stage, Justice Gowda observed that there is still confusion among the general public about the ACB. People do not know where to lodge a complaint. At Khanija Bhavan there is no system in place to receive complaints, he said.
Ponnanna made this submission based on the decision taken on April 5 by the committee chaired by the Chief Secretary. He also contended that the state government is committed to strengthen the ACB.
Since hearing of two PILs challenging the ACB’s constitution is pending before the
division bench headed by
Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, Justice Gowda adjourned the proceedings to April 25. The PILs will be heard on Wednesday.
The committee headed by Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav decided to ask the Lokayukta police to handle pending trial cases as there is stiff resistance to disband the Lokayukta police wing.
Besides, the division bench of the High Court stayed the transfer of corruption cases pending for investigation to the ACB.

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