The Karnataka Government will amend the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984, in the wake of graft charges against the officers of the anti-corruption body. The government has been unable to unseat Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao though his son is named as one of the accused in the extortion racket allegedly run by the Lokayukta officers.
The Karnataka Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2015, will be tabled on Thursday in the legislature. The amendments proposed include procedure for the removal of the Lokayukta in case he/she faces charges of corruption; restricting the Lokayukta from tackling maladministration in the government; and preventing the Lokayukta from checking the functioning of the Lokayukta.
The Bill seeks to ensure that the primary objective of the Lokayukta is tackling corruption. The “absolute liberty” granted to the Lokayukta reportedly prompted officers within the institution to run an extortion racket to seek monetary benefits from corrupt government officials, who were on the verge of retirement.
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