Lokayukta empowered to probe ACB officials: Justice Shetty

Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanath Shetty said on Tuesday that the Lokayukta was empowered to inquire into complaints, if any, against officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Justice Shetty said he would not comment on the issue of the formation of the ACB since a peition questioning the same was before the high court.

He was addressing a press conference in the city. He said the term of the special investigation team looking into illegal mining had been extended by an year and felt that the team should not be pressured to complete the probe within a time-frame, so that there can be a comprehensive investigation.

Justice Shetty said it was not desirable to inform the media whenever officials in hostels and hospitals were raided by the Lokayukta. But circulating information on such raids and the action taken within the department concerned would send out a strong message to the officials, he said.

Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanath Shetty said on Tuesday that the Lokayukta was empowered to inquire into complaints, if any, against officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Justice Shetty said he would not comment on the issue of the formation of the ACB since a peition questioning the same was before the high court.

He was addressing a press conference in the city. He said the term of the special investigation team looking into illegal mining had been extended by an year and felt that the team should not be pressured to complete the probe within a time-frame, so that there can be a comprehensive investigation.

Justice Shetty said it was not desirable to inform the media whenever officials in hostels and hospitals were raided by the Lokayukta. But circulating information on such raids and the action taken within the department concerned would send out a strong message to the officials, he said.

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