‘Lokayukta’s office should be an open office for general public’

Janata Dal (Secular) floor leader in the Legislative Council and former Law minister M.C. Nanaiah on Wednesday urged Lokayukta Y. Bhaskar Rao not to be inaccessible to general public.

“The Lokayukta office should actually become an open office for the general public,” Mr. Nanaiah said while participating in a debate on motion of thanks to the Governor’s address to the joint session of the State legislature.

In an obvious reference to the tradition of judges normally not going public, he said: “Yes, I agree the Lokayukta is a former Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. But there is a difference between the post of Chief Justice and that of the Lokayukta.” Referring to the outbursts by the Lokayukta during his first public visit to a government hospital on Tuesday where he said the government is protecting officials facing corruption by not granting sanction to prosecute them, he urged the government to take his remarks seriously.

Walkout

The BJP staged a walkout after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah refused to accept their demands for deleting paragraphs 4 and 10 that referred to the BJP government in the Governor’s address to the joint session.

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