Following Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s statement that the state government will accord sanction to prosecute all officials whom the Lokayukta had raided, the anti-corruption agency has once again sent the list of such officials to the government.
Sources said the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) had sought a fresh list of officials against whom prosecution was pending. “We have sent the list again to DPAR and it has reached them. It includes all cases where investigation has been completed. Once the sanction comes through, chargesheets will be filed,” a police official told Express.
Lokayukta sources said that as many as 138 requests seeking permission to bring the officials to book were pending before the government. According to Lokayukta statistics, 23 cases are pending for over a year. An official said, “As there was a sudden increase in the number of cases in the last one year, requests for sanction of prosecution against more than 72 officials are pending since last three months.”
The list includes 14 gazetted officials, who face serious allegations and also those fit for filing chargesheets.
Siddaramaiah, during his interaction with editors of media organisations on June 18, had stated that the government will accord sanction to prosecute officials facing corruption cases, within a week.