BEGALURU: The state government after much delay sent the name of Justice S R Nayak to governor Vajubhai R Vala for his assent on Tuesday even as the BJP has opposed it.
Justice Nayak, who is chairman, State Law Commission and the former chairperson of the State Human Rights Commission, has been knee deep in controversies right from his appointment to the Law Commission to having disproportionate assets complaint lodged against him in the very institution to which is recommended to head.
On February 20, chief minister Siddaramaiah had set aside the suggestions of opposition leaders Jagadish Shettar and K S Eshwarappa, apart from that of chief Justice S K Mukherjee and legislative council chairperson D H Shankarmurthy to appoint Justice Vikramjit Sen as the Lokayukta. The BJP leaders had claimed that Siddaramaiah had convened the consultation meeting for the Lokayukta post as a “formality” and “completion of procedure” only to officially propose the name of Justice Nayak for the post.
With Justice Nayak’s name going to the Governor, the BJP is likely to contest his recommendation on legal grounds and on the allegations of him owning sites illegally We will submit a memorandum to the governor with proof of the several illegalities Justice Nayak has committed in acquiring properties,” said Eshwarappa.
The BJP is also banking upon Vala to reject Justice Nayak’s name basedon the precedence of Justice K L Manjunath, whose nomination was turned down for the Upa Lokayukta’s post.
Who is Justice S R Nayak?
Born on January 1 1945in Kumta, Uttara Kannada district, Justice Nayak completed his BSc from Mysore University and later his LLB and LLM from Bengaluru University. The, now, 71 year old was elevated to the post of a judge to the Karnataka High Court in 1994 and later was transferred to the Andhra Pradesh HC.
He was re-transferred to the Karnataka HC in 2003 and worked till 2005, during which period he took charge as an acting Chief Justice of the HC. He was elevated as the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh in November 2005 and retired as the Chief Justice January 1 2007.
Later he was appointed as the founder chairperson of Karnataka State Human Rights Commission on July 25 2007 till July 2012 on completion of five years tenure. He was appointed as the chairperson of the Karnataka Law Commission by the present Congress government in June 2014, which was contested in the HC as any person appointed as an SHRC member or chairperson cannot assume office of the Central or State government agencies. The case is pending before the Supreme Court.
Oppn, civil society cry foul over govt push for Nayak as Lokayukta ; Times of India–08-Jan-2016
Government set to recommend SR Nayak for Lokayukta post ; The Hindu–19-Feb-2016
Questions may be raised if Justice S R Nayak becomes Lokayukta ; Deccan Herald–06-Jan-2016
Disproportionate Assets Case Against Justice S R Nayak ; The New Indian Express–13-Jan-2016
Siddaramaiah’s pick Nayak to lead Ayukta? ; Deccan Chronicle–17-Jan-2016
Sen or Nayak as Lokayukta: Karnataka Government Still in Two Minds ; The New Indian Express–06-Jan-2016