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After damning revelation, pressure mounts on Karnataka Lokayukta to quit: India Today- 21 June 2015

Karnataka’s Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao is under pressure to quit after damning revelation surfaced that a section of the anti-corruption unit’s police officers are running an extortion racket to insulate senior government officials from ‘raids’.

It has been more than a month since Bengaluru Lokayukta SP Sonia Narang submitted a report on the racket to the anti-corruption body head. But the Lokayukta has neither reacted in public about the extortion racket nor has revealed the action taken against the erring officers.

“People have lost faith in the institution of the Lokayukta ever since the extortion racket became public. Justice Rao should own up responsibility for not containing corruption within his organisation. He should step down immediately to save the honour of the institution,” said BM Shivakumar, president, Jayaprakash Narayan Vichara Vedike.

Justice Y Bhaskar Rao

He pointed out that the Lokayukta had refused to reveal the action taken against the errant officers, who were running the extortion racket. “The Lokayukta should have ordered a probe on the basis of the report submitted by Sonia Narang.

The delay in taking action against erring officials is leading to a lot of suspicion. If Justice Rao does not quit the post, we will stage demonstrations across Karnataka to condemn his support for these corrupt officers in the Lokayukta,” Shivakumar added.

However talking to media, Justice Rao said: “It is all false… There is no question of quitting.”

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Karnataka Lokayukta Y. Bhaskar Rao’s resignation demanded “EXTORTION, CRONYISM, CORRUPTION & BRIBERY”- 25 June 2015

Probe on to ascertain identity of caller demanding bribe

The alleged bribery scandal in the Lokayukta has turned murkier by the day, as a group of activists have now demanded the resignation of Lokayukta Y. Bhaskar Rao, on moral grounds.

A group of RTI activists, under the banner of Jayaprakash Narayan Vichara Vedike, staged a protest here on Wednesday demanding the Lokayukta’s resignation and a CBI probe into the bribery charges. RTI activist B.M. Shivakumar told The Hindu : “The Lokayukta has turned into a toothless institution under the present Lokayukta and corruption is rampant. Silence on the part of Mr. Bhaskar Rao on the report submitted by Lokayukta SP Sonia Narang is questionable.” Meanwhile, Lokayukta SP Sonia Narang has begun the probe into the bribery case on the directions from Upalokayukta Subhash B. Adi.

Email the new Karnataka Lokayukta, please. But not yet.

However, sources said it was unlikely that an FIR would be registered as the complainant, a PWD engineer, has refused to lodge a formal complaint. He apprised the Lokayukta police that a man, claiming to be Krishna Rao, called him and asked him to come to the Joint Commissioner, Lokayukta office, and demanded a bribe of Rs. 1 crore to prevent a Lokayukta raid against him.

Officials probing the case are trying to establish the identity of the caller. While there isn’t any officer by name Krishna Rao in the Lokayukta, the police believe it was just an alias used by the caller to mask his identity. “Till we ascertain the identity of this caller, the probe cannot proceed. We are analysing the call detail records and the visitors’ registry at the Lokayukta office,” an official said.

RTI activists seek CBI probe into bribery scandal in the Lokayukta office

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http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/lokayuktas-resignation-demanded/article7351909.ece

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RTI activists protest over alleged corruption in Karnataka Lokayukta -: 25 June 2015

RTI activists said that the matter must be given to the CBI since the Lokayukta police have limited scope to investigate the corrupt within their own departments.

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The RTI activists while demanding the resignation of the Lokayukta have referred to a recent letter written by a Superintendent of Police alleging the existence of an extortion racket within the Lokayukta set up.
Written by Harsha Raj Gatty | Bengaluru | Published on:June 24, 2015 9:39 pm

A group of RTI activists staged a protest in Bengaluru on Wednesday demanding the resignation of anti corruption ombudsman and Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao in the light of allegations of corruption within the Lokayukta. The RTI activists while demanding the resignation of the Lokayukta have referred to a recent letter written by a Superintendent of Police alleging the existence of an extortion racket within the Lokayukta set up.

The activists who protested at the Gandhi Statue near the Bangalore Race Course have also called for a CBI inquiry into the alleged corruption within the Lokayukta. “It has been over a month since SP Sonia Narang filed a complaint of corruption within the agency. No action has been taken as yet. When the question of integrity of the entire Lokayukta is at stake an internal enquiry is of no use, ” RTI activist S Bhaskaran who is leading the protest said.

The protests by the RTI activists stem from a letter written last month to the Lokayukta registrar by Sonia Narang, an SP of the Lokayukta police wing, where she stated that an Executive Engineer Krishnamurthy had approached her and alleged that he was summoned to the Lokayukta office by a man going by the name of  Krishna Rao and was asked to pay Rs. 1 crore as a bribe to prevent a raid on his home by the anti-corruption squad. Lokayukta Justice Bhaskar Rao is yet to react to the letter but a Upa Lokayukta, Justice Subhash Adi, has ordered an internal inquiry on the issue.

RTI activists who staged a protest on Wednesday said that the matter must be given to the CBI since the Lokayukta police have limited scope to investigate the corrupt within their own departments. “The very reason why SP Narang reported the matter to the Lokayukta registrar instead of investigating it was probably due to the suspicion that one of the beneficiaries of the kickbacks may be linked to the Lokayukta, the Upa Lokayuktas or their kin. If the SP is asked to investigate the case she will definitely face hurdles,” Bhaskaran said. The RTI activists have sought Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s intervention to refer the case to CBI or a Supreme Court monitored committee. “We will file a Public Interest Litigation demanding transparency in the probe,” Bhaskaran said –
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http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/bangalore/rti-activists-protest-over-alleged-corruption-in-karnataka-lokayukta/

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Protesters demand Karnataka Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao’s resignation ‘extortion racket’: June 25, 2015, DHNS

Members of Jayaprakash Narayan Vichara Vedike stage a protest demanding resignation of Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao for failing to control corruption in the Lokayukta institution, at Anandarao Circle on Wednesday. DH photo
Several Right to Information (RTI) activists on Wednesday held a protest at Anand Rao Circle here demanding resignation of Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao in view of serious allegations of corruption at the Lokayukta institution.

RTI activist B M Shivakumar, Aam Admi Party leader Ravikrishna Reddy and JD(U) leader M P Nadagouda were prominent among those who took part in the protest.Shivakumar said as head of the institution, Lokayukta Justice Rao failed to check corruption inside his office.

“Institution’s head has been ineffective. It has been two years and four months since Justice Rao took charge as Lokayukta. It is turning out to be that this extortion has been going on in the last two years. What was the Lokayukta doing all these years. We don’t want a Lokayukta who is ineffective. There was no suspicion of corruption in Lokayukta before, but now it is out in the open. The Governor must take initiative and hand over the investigation to CBI,” Shivakumar said.

Ravikrishna Reddy said Lokayukta must resign in order to restore the credibility of the institution. 

“We have credible information that son of a very senior and responsible person in Lokayukta is behind this extortion racket. Hence, Lokayukta police should not probe the case and Lokayukta Justice Rao must resign immediately on moral grounds,” he said.

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In-house graft charge case pits Lokayukta vs Upa Lokayukta: Extortion Rs One Crore / Illegal Raids Threat 24 June 2015

 The corridors of the watchdog and police circles see a direct showdown at the highest levels in Lokayukta between Justice Subhash Adi and Justice Bhaskar Rao

Six weeks back, Sonia Narang, Lokayukta’s superintendent of police, City, dashed off a letter to Lokayukta registrar on how one Krishna Rao demanded Rs 1 crore from a Zilla Panchayath (Urban) executive engineer, Krishnamurthy, to help him wriggle out of a raid. Shockingly, the demand was made in the Lokayukta headquarters in M S Building on two days – May 5 and May 7. So her demand, made on May 11, seemed perfectly valid and simple: Go through the CCTV footage between May 5 and 7 and identify the Krishna Rao.Till June 23 (Tuesday), the Lokayukta, Justice Y Bhaskar Rao, has maintained public silence on such a serious allegation within the institution assigned to eliminate corruption; he has merely mentioned ”Discuss” on Narang’s report and asked for in-house steps so that such occurrences are avoided in future.

On Tuesday, however, the Upa Lokayukta, Justice Subhash B Adi, has gone ahead and ordered Narang to conduct a ‘free and fair’ inquiry and submit a report to ‘me’.

The corridors of the watchdog and police circles see a direct showdown at the highest levels in Lokayukta between the two Justices. ”Upa Lokayukta directing the police wing to investigate the matter is a bit strange. We will have to see how Lokayukta reacts to this. I don’t know how police wing can proceed in the matter without a nod from Lokayukta,” a senior officer in Lokayukta told Bangalore Mirror.

He said it looks like a turf war breaking out between officials and higher-ups in the institution which has taken a body blow on its image of being a corruption watchdog.

“A lot of people in bureaucracy and Lokayukta office expected Justice Adi-like action from the highest level after a report was submitted by Narang regarding the bribe demand.

She stated in the report that a person who identified himself as Krishna Rao called the engineer to Lokayukta office and took the reference of a joint commissioner of police before demanding bribe.

“We will have to see how Lokayukta reacts to this direction from his deputy,” an insider from Lokayukta said.

Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Justice Adi said the IO, who is city Lokayukta SP, has been directed to carry out a detailed, free and fair probe without budging to any pressure or other factors.

“I had received a complaint by AAP and a notice is issued to the IO in this regard. The IO (city SP) has been directed to carry out a free and fair probe on the allegations. I have told the IO to make an appropriate investigation and submit a report. I have asked her to find out truth in the interest of the esteemed organisation as doubts in the minds of people have to be cleared,” Justice Subhash B Adi told Bangalore Mirror.

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Karnataka Lokayukta police close in on the ‘troika’; a criminal case will be registered against them under charges of extortion, blackmailing and impersonation 25 July 2014

Karnataka Lokayukta police close in on the ‘troika’; a criminal case will be registered against them under charges of extortion, blackmailing and impersonation.
Lokayukta police have been told by several government department officials that a certain Bhaskar, Narasimha Murthy and Krishna made calls to them stating that they are close to some top man in the corruption watchdog institution.

They also boasted they could prevent any raid or trap by Lokayukta policemen if their palms were greased. This troika operated from star hotels where they called their prey and made demands for hefty sums. It is alleged they also operated from a bungalow in Sadashivanagar.
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After Justice Adi ordered a free and fair probe, sleuths from the police wing have started to cull Call Data Records (CDR) of cellphones belonging to some of the people working in Lokayukta whose integrity is in question

Bhaskar, Narasimha Murthy and Krishna: These three names have emerged as the troika that demands bribes targeting government employees across departments with the threat of a Lokayukta probe.

The ‘free and fair’ probe mandate given by Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi to the watchdog’s (City Wing) superintendent of police Sonia Narang to investigate the bribe demands in the name of Lokayukta has begun seemingly in earnest. Justice Adi has ordered an investigation specifically into a demand of Rs 1 crore bribe on Lokayukta premises on May 5 and 7 to an executive engineer.

After Justice Adi ordered a free and fair probe by Lokayukta SP, Sonia Narang, sleuths from the police wing have started to cull Call Data Records (CDR) of cellphones belonging to some of the people working in Lokayukta whose integrity is in question.

Lokayukta police have been told by several government department officials that a certain Bhaskar, Narasimha Murthy and Krishna made calls to them stating that they are close to some top man in the corruption watchdog institution.

They also boasted they could prevent any raid or trap by Lokayukta policemen if their palms were greased. This troika operated from star hotels where they called their prey and made demands for hefty sums. It is alleged they also operated from a bungalow in Sadashivanagar.

With this piece of information on their doorstep, Lokayukta police have started to collect more information about these people.

“Once, we collect their CDRs, it will become clear with whom they were in touch with in the Lokayukta. This will provide direction to our probe meant to cleanse the system,” a senior officer associated with the probe said.

These three are key to identifying Krishna Rao as the one who called an executive engineer to Lokayukta premises on May 5 and demanded a bribe of Rs 1 crore to prevent a raid on him, the officer added.

“Once we collect the photographs of these people, they will be shown to the executive engineer who has met Krishna Rao. If he identifies any of them as Krishna Rao the entire mystery will be unravelled, investigators said. The description of Krishna Rao given by the engineer closely resembles one of the troika. Let us wait and watch, the officer stated.

In the absence of CCTV footage available at the Lokayukta office, this is the best method to identify Krishna Rao. Right now, the cameras on Lokayukta premises are real-time ones that are preserved for a very short period of time. To avoid such incidents, we are going to write to the government to get us servers to save the CCTV footage on the lines of CISF servers at KIA. CISF keeps CCTV footage recording for a period of one month on their servers. Right now, in Lokayukta, we have cameras to record real-time, but no storage facility is available. This is the reason why Krishna Rao has yet to be identified,” a Lokayukta officer explained.

This troika allegedly operates in an intricate manner. They identify the corrupt lot who make big money in key government departments. Flaunting their connectivity to a “big man in the Lokayukta”, they approach the corrupt individuals and assure protection from raids, traps and other forms of Lokayukta inquiries if they offer them money in return, sources said.

Once evidence linking them to in-house corruption surfaces, a criminal case will be registered against them under charges of extortion, blackmailing and impersonation.

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By Chetan R, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jun 25, 2015, 04.00 AM IST
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