The Karnataka chapter of India Against Corruption (IAC) is organising a public rally on December 17 at Freedom Park to “save” the institution of Lokayukta.
Social activist Anna Hazare, the former Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde and freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy will address the rally.
IAC coordinator Prithivi Reddy told presspersons on Saturday that the Lokayukta had become a real threat to those indulging in corruption in the State. There was a systematic attempt to weaken the institution and some political leaders were also questioning the need for such an institution. Senior Lokayukta officers were being threatened by political leaders, he said, and added that the rally was aimed at protecting the institution.
R. Balasubramaniam of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, Mysore, S.R. Hiremath of Samaj Parivartana Samudaya, K.S. Puttanniah of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Raghavendra Kushtagi of Jana Sangrama Parishat would participate in the rally.
IAC is planning similar rallies in Mysore, Gulbarga, Dharwad, Tumkur, Chickballapur.