BENGALURU: Senior Congress leader V S Ugrappa on Friday continued his campaign against Upa Lokayukta Subhash K Adi, accusing him of not paying enough attention to a `676 crore scam.
Justice Adi had disposed of a complaint against the Commissioner of the Hubballi-Dharwad City Corporation in 2013 without holding a proper inquiry, the MLC alleged. The case allegedly involves many officials, politicians and contractors.
Ugrappa said the previous BJP government had released `676.71 crore for various municipal works, but the funds had largely been misused. “An advocate had lodged a complaint with the Lokayukta seeking an inquiry,” he told reporters. The case was to be assigned to S B Majage, who was also an Upa Lokayukta then, but was handled by Adi, Ugrappa said. Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa has accepted a motion against Upa Lokayukta Adi, but is treading carefully. Earlier this week, he said he had not found enough evidence against Adi to recommend a High Court inquiry
Meanwhile, retired High Court judge N Anand is likely to succeed Justice Majage as Upa Lokayukta, who retired in July this year. The collegium for selecting the Upa Lokayukta headed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah finalised his name for the post on Tuesday evening. “We have finalised the name of Justice Anand, who was among the three judges suggested by the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, ” said Siddaramaiah.