Justice Nayak likely new Karnataka Lokayukta

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Bengaluru, Jan 8: The government of Karnataka is likely to appoint Justice S R Nayak as the new Lokayukta of Karnataka. His name has been in the running since December 2015

The government was deciding on whether to appoint Justice Nayak or Justice Vikramjit Singh as the Lokayukta.

Karnataka Lokayukta

The post of the Lokayukta had fallen vacant following the resignation of Justice Bhaskar Rao whose son is facing corruption charges.

However now with Justice Sen writing to the Law Minister of Karnataka that he would not be interested in taking up the post, Justice Nayak is likely to be appointed to the post.

[Justice S R Nayak in running for Karnataka Lokayukta post]

Sources say that Justice Sen was not keen on the post as he thought that it would be a unanimous choice. However the government has been considering the name of Justice Nayak too and hence Justice Sen did not want this to be a race.

In addition to this there has been a campaign by a section of advocates not to appoint Justice Sen to the post of Lokayukta.

The advocates felt that Justice when he was the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court did not do enough in the scuffle that broke out between the advocates and the media and police.

Government sources say that there objections to the name of Justice Nayak too. We are considering all aspects before making any final decision.

The last time around the appoint of Justice Bhaskar Rao was objected to by the advocate's association.

However the same was overruled by the then Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar. The government does not want any sort of embarrassment this time around and wants to make sure that the new Lokayukta's appointment is free from controversy.

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