BENGALURU: Retired High Court judge N Anand is likely to succeed Justice S B Majage as Upa Lokayukta, who retired in July this year. The collegium for selecting the Upa Lokayukta headed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah met here on Tuesday evening and finalised his name for the post.
The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, Chairman of the Legislative Council, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, leaders of opposition of both the Houses of state legislature are the other members of the selection collegium.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, convened to discuss the selection of the new Upa Lokayukta, Siddaramaiah said, “We have finalised the name of Justice Anand, who was among the three judges suggested by the acting Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, Justice S K Mukherjee.”
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar said that the selection of Justice Anand as Upa Lokayukta is almost certain as only one name was discussed for the post. “Justice Anand has a clean track record and we have no objection against him,” Shettar added.
Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa too stated that only the name of Justice Anand was discussed and the decision was unanimous.
Replying to a question about the notice submitted by Congress in the Legislative Assembly for the ouster of Subash Adi, the Speaker reiterated that he had sought more convincing evidence to prove the charges against Justice Adi.
The issue would be pursued with the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court only after getting strong evidence.
Justice Anand was born in 1953 and enrolled as an advocate in 1977. He joined the judiciary as an assistant public prosecutor in Kolar. He became a District and Sessions Judge and was presiding officer of the Karnataka State Appellate Transport Authority.
He was Registrar Judicial and Registrar General of the High Court. Justice Anand has disposed of more than 23,000 cases. The Ring Road Shubha case and Swamy Nityananda’s sex scandal are among those that drew huge public attention.