BENGALURU: The High Court has issued a notice to the Lokayukta police after hearing a plea filed by Ashwin, son of Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao, to quash the FIR filed against him.
Ashwin petitioned the court stating that though a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to look into the matter, Superintendent of Police (Lokayukta) Sonia Narang has filed an FIR against him.
On Tuesday, a division bench of Justices N Kumar and B Srinivase Gowda refused to stay the proceedings and stated that the respondents’ version needs to be heard.
According to Ashwin’s plea, the FIR filed by Narang on July 1 violates the High Court’s stay order.
Following complaints of corruption, Upa Lokayukta Subhash B Adi had directed Narang to investigate the matter. Subsequently, she had filed the FIR.
Bar Association to Seek CBI Probe
The Karnataka Bar Association will petition the Supreme Court to direct the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into the Lokayukta scandal, its president K N Subba Reddy said on Tuesday.
He told reporters that a delegation from the association would meet Governor Vajubhai Vala and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah before going to the apex court. “The Lokayukta’s credibility has plummeted with the actions of Justice Rao. We demand that he resign or go on long leave till the probe is completed,” Reddy said.
He added that the state government has not yet issued a notification to the SIT to commence investigation, and thus, it would be the right time to bring the CBI in.