BENGALURU: Principal City Civil and Sessions Judge Gunaki Narendra Kumar Basavaraj is likely to be appointed the registrar of the Karnataka Lokayukta.
His name was cleared by a committee headed by Acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee recently, sources said.
On Thursday, HC Registrar General John Michael Cunha wrote to the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) directing it to issue an order deputing Judge Gunaki as the registrar of the Karnataka Lokayukta.
The order is likely to be issued in a day or two and Gunaki is expected to assume office on Monday, sources added.
Judge Gunaki, one of the senior most district judges, was earlier working as Principal City Civil and Sessions Judge, Bengaluru, from January 1, 2015. The appointment of a regular registrar to the Karnataka Lokayukta has gained importance now as the anti-corruption body is embroiled in corruption charges.
Earlier, Moosa Kunhi Nayarmoole was the registrar when Justice Santhosh Hegde was the Lokayukta. Nayarmoole was appointed in 2009 and held office till October 2011. He was elevated as a Judicial Member, Karnataka Administrative Tribunal the same year. After Nayarmoole, Judge Subrahmanya was appointed the registrar.
Thereafter, retired Judges Yoginath and H R Deshpande worked as registrars. After the tenure of Yoginath, Deshpande took charge in October 2013. Deshpande resigned as registrar on
July 17 this year, and Assistant Registrar of Enquiries-II, M S Balakrishna, was given additional charge as registrar.
The resignation of Deshpande had raised various doubts. He was accused of not providing CCTV footage to the Lokayukta police who were probing allegations of corruption inside the institution. However, Deshpande had cited personal reasons for his resignation.