BENGALURU: The state government will withdraw its order to depute Dr C K Jaffer as the registrar of Karnataka Lokayukta.
Confirming this, Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee said, “We don’t want a confrontation with the judiciary, so the order deputing Jaffer as registrar will be withdrawn soon.”
Jaffer was deputed despite a High Court recommendation that District Principal and Sessions Judge Gunaki Narendra Kumar Basavaraj be made the registrar to the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms.
The High Court recently stayed Jaffer’s deputation while hearing a public interest litigation.
Sanction To Prosecute Riyaz
Mukherjee also told Express that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has given sanction to prosecute Lokayukta’s suspended public relations officer Syed Riyaz.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) sought the sanction to prosecute Riyaz for his alleged involvement in the Lokayukta extortion scam. The SIT also sought the Home Department’s consent to approach the Supreme Court against the bail granted to Riyaz by the High Court.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the SIT filed an application before the Lokayukta Special Court seeking body warrant of Riyaz and realtor Ashok Kumar, both accused in the extortion scam.
The SIT filed the application in relation to the second case filed by Channabasappa. The Lokayukta Special Court Judge V G Bopaiah has reserved the orders.
Both Riyaz and Ashok Kumar were in judicial custody. They were granted bail by the High Court with effect from September 16.