Lokayukta calls youth to fight corruption

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Udupi, Dec 18 (UNI) Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde today called upon the youth to raise their voice against 'rampant corruption' that engulfed in government departments.

The officials wanted to insulate themselves to protecting themselves from all prosecution. Their designs should be defeated, he said.

Delivering lecture on 'Inculcating ethical values in professional education' at Justice K S Hegde Institute of Management here he said the Karnataka government had recently brought executive orders to the service rule that no government official could be suspended on corrupt charges only by mere by FIR unless he was caught in sting operation or charge sheeted.

This executive order was mainly intended to protect the corrupt officials and would help in such officials scot free as the process of charge sheeting take long process, he said adding that he had also written letter to the Governor in this regard.

Justice Hegde expressing displeasure said that similarly the union Law ministry's contemplated move to bring amendment to prohibition of corruption act bringing onus on the investing agencies to prove the charges of illegitimate amass of wealth other than known source of wealth by the accused corrupt officials would not only make conviction more difficult but also law and order situation go down further, he warned.

Public participation in raising voice of protest against corruption should happen to bring change in the society. People should react by writing letters to the union law ministry and the governor on these issues and register their strong protest.

"Be bold and show your concern against corruption. We failed to inculcate value based system in our youths and lacking value based education," he said.

Renowned senior journalist and Chairman of Prasar Bharathi M V Kamat released Nitte Management Review on the occasion.

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