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SIT can now prosecute former Karnataka Lokayukta in graft case


New Delhi, July 13: In a major boost to the Special Investigating Team, the Karnataka Governor and the government has granted sanction to prosecute the former Lokayukta Justice Bhaskar Rao. The sanction has been granted under Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Justice Rao who stepped down as the Lokayukta had come under the scanner following the arrest of his son, Ashwin. It was alleged that Ashwin was running an extortion racket. It was further alleged that Justice Rao had known about it and even delayed action against his son.

Also read: Does Karnataka Lokayukta have moral right to probe corruption?

SIT can now prosecute former Karnataka Lokayukta in graft case.
The SIT which was formed to probe into this case had sought for sanction to prosecute Justice Rao. Under the law it is mandatory to seek sanction to prosecute a former judge. After careful scrutiny, the government as well as the governor accorded the sanction.

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