K'taka High Court quashes formation of ACB, reinstates powers to Lokayukta

Bengaluru, Aug 11 (IANS): In a landmark judgment, Karnataka High Court on Thursday nullified the order of formation of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) by the then Congress government in 2016 headed by then chief minister Siddaramaiah.

The division bench headed by Justice B. Veerappa and Justice K.S. Hemalekha gave the order while looking into the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) questioning the cancellation of police station status to the Lokayukta agency and questioning the formation of ACB.

The division bench has also brought ACB into the jurisdiction of the Lokayukta.

The bench has observed that there is need to amend the Lokayukta Act and the staff and officers have to be appointed for three years. The appointment for the post of the Lokayukta and Upa Lokayukta must be done on the basis of eligibility not on the basis of caste.

The bench also stated that the persons alleged of corruption should not escape and Lokayukta police will have to conduct the investigation while nullifying the Congress government's order.

The court has reinstated the police station status to the Lokayukta institution. It has directed that all cases of ACB should be handed over to Lokayukta.

The PIL questioning the formation of ACB was filed by the advocate's association, social activist Chidananda Urs, NGO Samaja Parivarthana Samudaya and others.

It is alleged that Siddaramaiah government deliberately shut down Lokayukta institution after allegations surfaced against then Lokayukta Justice Bhaskar Rao. The government later went on to form ACB, which was regarded as a toothless, puppet organisation.

Reacting over the High Court verdict, Siddaramaiah said that he will respect the decision of the court.



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  • Sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    The Corrupt themselves form a Anticorruption group ,and then form another Anticorruption group which over powers the Initially formed anticorruption group .but corruption on the ground is still not in control . This is a big joke being played by a sleeping democracy .While, democracy is the best form of governance ,it is ineffective when ordinary people do not participate to bring about a change . We feel that the govt is separate from us.which is a problem. Until there is awakening this drama will keep continuing.

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  • Raman, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Good decision.. hope no further escalation and taken to Supreme Court etc or ordnance .... On the creation of ACB and diluting Lok ayukta all political parties ...hand in glove .. ...to suit their narrow interests ... ...It was like murder on the orient express ...

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  • Kiran Poojary, Bengaluru/Mangaluru

    Thu, Aug 11 2022

    Heartily thank you Justice B. Veerappa and Justice K.S. Hemalekha. May god bless you with happiness and health.

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