BENGALURU: Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao has once again extended his leave — this time up to October 21.
This is the third time Rao is extending his leave after his son Y Ashwin was arrested in Hyderabad on July 27 by SIT, in connection with an extortion scam in the anti-corruption body.
Justice Rao has been on leave from July 28.
Rao, in his letter, to Registrar M S Balakrishna (Incharge) on Monday has not cited any reason for the extension.
Son in Judicial Custody
His son Y Ashwin was recently chargesheeted in two cases of extortion. In the chargesheet filed in the first case registered, based on a complaint of Bengaluru Urban Z P Engineer M N Krishna Murthy, Ashwin was shown as the second accused.
In the second case chargesheet, based on the complaint of P B Channabasappa, Ashwin is the first accused.
Now, he is in judicial custody.
After his son was arrested on July 27 from Hyderabad, Rao took leave till August 14. He was expected to attend the Independence Day at the anti-corruption body on August 15.
However, he did not, breaking the tradition of the Lokayukta hoisting the national flag on Independence Day and betraying the hopes of the institution staff members.
He instead sent a letter to Registrar M S Balakrishna (Incharge) extending his leave from August 14 to 31.
Before his leave period was over, he extended it till September 30.
Because of this, the uncertainty in the anti- corruption body continues and complainants are not getting relief as their grievances are remaining unaddressed.
Cases are piling up with the anti-corruption institution and even the administration of the Lokayukta is facing a setback.
As a part of formalities, Balakrishna has taken this extension of leave on record and informed about it to Governor Vajubhai Vala, the State Government and the Advocate General.
Justice Rao was not available for comments.