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Now, Congress wants Upalokayukta removed

Subhash B. Adi has been accused of closing a case involving Jagadish Shettar’s relative.

Subhash B. Adi has been accused of closing a case involving Jagadish Shettar’s relative.  

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At least one-third of all members in the Assembly must sign the petition for the Speaker to accept it, according to the Karnataka Lokayukta Act.

The Congress has now decided to train its guns on Upalokayukta Subhash B. Adi, after accusing him of overstepping his jurisdiction and closing a case involving Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar’s relative.

Sources in the Congress said a meeting of party legislators would be convened on Monday to decide on submitting a petition to Legislative Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa on the removal of Mr. Adi.

The Janata Dal (Secular) has also called a meeting of party legislators on Monday to decide its support to the motion against Mr. Adi.

A few Congress legislators, including V.S. Ugrappa, said, “Mr. Adi has no legal and moral right to continue as the Upalokayukta.”

The Congress leaders alleged that Mr. Adi had closed a corruption case against Sheela Patil, who served as the Medical Officer at a government hospital in Hubballi. Ms. Patil is the relative of Mr. Shettar, they claimed.

A few months ago, the former Upalokayukta S.B. Majage had accused Mr. Adi of handling cases in Bengaluru Urban, which he said did not fall under his jurisdiction.

The Congress, which has supported the motion on the removal of Lokayukta Y. Bhaskar Rao, has decided to seek the opinion of its MLAs and MLCs before moving a motion against the Upalokayukta.

At least one-third of all members in the Assembly must sign the petition for the Speaker to accept it, according to the recently amended Karnataka Lokayukta Act.

In the case of Mr. Rao, 83 MLAs of BJP and JD(S) have signed the petition seeking his removal. Sources in the Congress said a group of MLAs are planning to submit a petition to the Speaker on Monday, urging a discussion on controversies involving the Upalokayukta as well.

The Speaker has already consented to a discussion on the corruption in the Lokayukta institution, on Monday.




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