The State Government has dismissed C.M. Mallikarjuna, Deputy Controller who is in charge Controller of Legal Metrology Department, nearly a year after the Special Lokayukta Court convicted him in a bribery case.

The action was taken after the Karnataka High Court recently questioned the government on how a convicted officer was allowed to continue in the post when this matter was brought to the court’s notice through a public interest litigation petition by R.S. Sudarshan and two others. It was alleged in the petition that Mallikarjuna was made in-charge of the department after he was convicted.

When the petition came up for hearing on Tuesday before a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice B.V. Nagarathna, the government counsel produced the June 15 notification issued by the government dismissing Mallikarjuna from the service with immediate effect. Following this, the Bench disposed of the petition.

Mallikarjun was convicted by the Special Court on June 30, 2012 on the charge of accepting bribe for cancelling the transfer of an official of the department. He was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for one-and-a-half years. Though the High Court in August 2012 suspended the sentence, the order of his conviction was not stayed.