Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N. Santosh Hegde has been at the forefront of the fight against corruption. The ruling dispensation has often been embarrassed by the investigations he launched. Justice Hegde spoke to Outlook. Excerpts:
What are your thoughts on the recent developments leading to the trust vote?
Everything that has happened is a shame to democracy.
How do you rate this government on a scale of corruption?
I have been watching political developments in this state for many decades and every new government has been more corrupt than the previous one. Certainly, this government is more corrupt than the previous one. A new government that comes to power finds out how people in the previous government made money and improves upon that system.
The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) scam is the latest that the Lokayukta unearthed. What does it indicate?
It indicates that there is a total misuse of authority by people in power. This...