Friday, 8 April 2016

Transfer of graft cases from Lokayukta police to ACB stayed

Hindu dated 8/4/2016

In a setback to the government, the Karnataka High Court on Thursday stayed the transfer of corruption cases — which were being probed by the Lokayukta police wing and pending prosecution after completion of probe — to the newly formed Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
Also, the court said that any action on corruption cases taken by the ACB in the meanwhile would be subject to the final result of a PIL petition, which has questioned the legality of the government’s notification of March 14 in setting up the ACB and transferring all the pending corruption cases from the Lokayukta police wing to the ACB.
A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice Ravi Malimath, passed the interim order following a preliminary hearing on the petition filed by Chidananda Urs B.G, a city-based advocate.
Though the Bench initially adjourned further hearing till June second week, it agreed to hear further arguments on April 12 after Advocate-General, who earlier requested the court not to pass interim order, requested the Bench for an early further hearing so that the State could defend its action of forming the ACB.

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