Bail Granted To Four Accused In Lokayukta Scam: The Karnataka High court granted bail to four of the accused in Lokayukta Corruption scam on Tuesday
In connection to Lokayukta Corruption Scam, the high court of Karnataka granted bail to four of the accused in the scam on Tuesday.
Justice L. Narayana Swamy passed the orders while allowing the bail pleas of Riyaz, M.B. Sreenivasa Gowda, Shankare Gowda and Ashok Kumar but however the bail will become effective from September 16 because the Special Investigation team (SIT) investigating the Lokayukta allegations of extortion and corruption sought a weeks time to complete the probe.
The accused will be kept in judicial custody until the SIT files a chargesheet against them.
Riyaz’s counsel argued that his arrest is illegal as there are no reasons cited on it and the FIR that was filed doesn’t contain any offence. The counsel claimed that Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988,sections 384 ,419 and 420 of IPC are all bailable ones as the maximum period of sentence does not exceed beyond 3-7 years.
The court is hearing the complaint that was filed by MN Krishnamurthy, executive engineer of Bengaluru on July 1 who alleged that a group of extortionists operating in the Lokayukta had demanded a Rs 1 crore bribe from him to prevent the Lokayukta from initiating corruption proceedings against him.
Five extortion cases against the Lokayukta’s son and his associates were registered so far by the investigation team. So far 11 persons have been arrested in connection with this case including Ashwin Rao, son of anti-corruption ombudsman retired justice Bhaskar Rao.
The preliminary investigation of SIT revealed that the gang of extortionists in the Lokayukta summoned several government officials to the Lokayukta office and the Lokayukta’s residence and demanded bribes to prevent corruption proceedings against them.
The bail petitions filed by Shakare Gowda and Ashok Kumar were rejected by Special Lokayukta court on August 14, 2015.