Nearly a year-and-a-half after a media expose about alleged illegal land allotments forced Shivraj V. Patil to resign as the Lokayukta, the vacant post was filled with the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka Y. Bhaskar Rao taking charge on Thursday. He was sworn in by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj at the Raj Bhavan.

Mr. Rao’s selection to the post of anti-corruption ombudsman too came amid allegations of corruption against him. Responding to these allegations, the Governor told the media in Hindi, “Nowadays [people] don’t even spare God.” He, however, clarified that it was not his job to scrutinise the suitability of a person for the post of Lokayukta. He said, “If the consultation is vitiated or not complete, then I am well within my rights to object.”

He said, “You can’t keep the post vacant for too long.”