17 April, 2021

Tears In The Sieve

The Lokayukta officials who couldn’t resist

Nilotpal Baruah
Tears In The Sieve
outlookindia.com
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Men Of Iron Will

  • It has been revealed that some Karnataka Lokayukta officials took bribes from Bellary’s mining mafia
  • Bribes were paid when Justice Santosh Hegde was Lokayukta
  • Legal experts say ombudsmen bodies must have checks and balances
  • This, they say, must be borne in mind while framing the Lokpal Bill

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Last week, when the nation trained its eyes on Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast at New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, accompanied by infectious waves of anti-corruption sloganeering, a local broadsheet in Karnataka published names/initials of people from different professions, including government officials, who had received slush funds from the mining mafia in Bellary. A debate on the list, though precluded, has nevertheless an implication for the one raging on the Lokpal issue.

Slush fund entries totalling a few crores were found in the computers of two people—a close aide of the Bellary...

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