BENGALURU:The High Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing on a petition filed by Ashwin Y, son of Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao, for two weeks.
By this time, the report of an Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) investigation is expected to be out. The SIT is probing allegations of extortion and corruption within the Lokayukta institution.
The division bench of Justices N Kumar and B Srinivase Gowda said, “Let us await the report,” after it was informed that SIT had taken over the case. Ashwin had challenged the in-house inquiry ordered by Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi and the FIR registered against him.
On PIL filed by Samaja Parivartana Samudaya and three others seeking a CBI inquiry into the matter, the division bench directed both the parties to file statements with regard to their stand after counsel for the petitioner, K V Dhananjaya, submitted that Additional Advocate General A S Ponnanna had misled a division bench headed by the officiating Chief Justice on Monday and misrepresented the issue, resulting in transfer of PIL.
Ponnanna strongly objected to these allegations and informed the division bench that he had suggested tagging of the petition in order to avoid conflict of judicial orders on the matter and the division bench had accepted this.
The petitioner had sought directions to the state government to hand over to the CBI the probe related to an FIR registered by Lokayukta Police on July 1.
The division bench on Monday tagged the PIL to Ashwin’s petition to avoid any future complications in the matter and conflicting judicial opinions.