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Justice Y. Bhaskar Rao appointed as Lokayukta of Karnataka

Bangalore, Feb 13 (IANS) : Former chief justice of Karnataka High Court Y. Bhaskar Rao will Thursday take over as the state's Lokayukta (ombudsman), filling up the post lying vacant for over 17 months.

Governor H.R. Bhardwaj will administer the oath of office to Rao at Raj Bhavan, an official release said. Rao, 75, succeeds former Supreme Court judge Shivaraj V. Patil, who quit as Lokayutka in September 2011, about a month after taking over, following a row over owning two housing plots in Bangalore allegedly in violation of law.

Rao, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, was chief justice of the Karnataka High Court between March 1999 and June 2000. The Bharatiya Janata Party government, headed by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, has gone ahead with Rao's appointment rejecting opposition to it by the Advocates Association of Bangalore (AAB).

AAB president K.N. Subba Reddy said last week that when Rao's name was being considered by the government, Rao did not know Kannada language and there were allegations of irregularities when he was chief justice.

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  • madman, Bangalore

    Thu, Feb 14 2013

    May be BJP appointed this Lokayukta of theirs,so late, just before their term of rule is coming to an end and there is very slim chances of their coming back to power for the next term.
    As such they have appointed "THEIR" person to that post, who will be there, to serve them even when another party govt. comes to power!!!
    They have to try everything to save their skin!!!!
    Already allegations from none other than the AAB, which indicates, something is not alright at this appointment.
    It is a sorry affair to note, after Mr. Hegde, Government cannot find a clean\suitable candidate to be the Lokayukta!!!

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  • Vincy, Bangkok

    Thu, Feb 14 2013

    New Lokayukta for Karnataka just before 100 days of assembly elections? BJP think that voters are fools but the voters think vice versa.

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  • Dr.G.Amarendar Rao, Hyderabad

    Thu, Feb 14 2013

    Nice to see such an eminent person as the Lokayukta of Karnataka.

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  • Rahulroy, Mangalure

    Thu, Feb 14 2013

    In India, if any govt comes in power also, the lokpal as required will not implemented even no Ram mandir. This is only to fool me & you. I am acting like beat you and you are acting like crying & it will go on... Don't waste your precious time on this.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Thu, Feb 14 2013

    jeevan, Mangalore

    If they implement JANA LOKAPAL, how they can carry out KOTI KOTI Chopper, 2G, CWG, Coal etc etc without any fear?

    They want only CBI because it is congress sister organization.

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  • jeevan, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 14 2013

    All we need Lokpal but why NO to JANLOKPAL by congis...

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    All the best justice Y. Bhaskar Rao
    People of Karnataka have lot of respect for Justice Santhosh Hegde.
    We hope the same at you also!

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    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    Finally Govt of Karnataka yielded to SC and public by appointing LOKAYUKTA.But the appointed Lokayukta is not free from allegations which is a point of concern.We should wait for another week or so, if in these days no new allegations cropped then only we can have a sigh of relief.Can we see speedy inquiry of DA/Corruptions of politicians in Karnataka?A answer from Lokayukta is eagerly waited by citizens of KARNATAKA..

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