- RTOs are the top bribe destination
Corruption is not restricted to the Vidhana Soudha alone. The evil seems to have percolated to other departments as well. While the opposition parties are crusading against the chief minister, people and voluntary organisations have come out with their own report card on corruption. People say, the city’s transport department is the most corrupt.Out of the 10 RTOs in the city, Jayanagar RTO recorded the highest number of bribery cases followed by Koramangala and Indiranagar. While the Jayanagar RTO reported seven cases of bribery, the Koramangala RTO reported six cases of bribery and Indiranagar five, the report observed. The maximum number of bribes were in the range of Rs 100 to Rs 500. However, people also reported having paid more than Rs 500 and less than Rs 1,000.
- Bangaloreans more than willing to pay bribes
Corruption is the single biggest roadblock to development, way above poverty, population, illiteracy, terrorism. While all of us condemn this, it now appears more Bangaloreans are ready to pay bribes than their counterparts in Delhi or Mumbai.This was revealed at Tuesday’s flagging-off ceremony of the Vrath Yatra, a bus journey aimed at creating awareness about corruption as part of the Jaago Re campaign. Lokayukta Justice N Santhosh Hegde did the honours.
- 7 babus worth Rs 11.03 cr in net, but will CM finally act?
The Lokayukta did his job yet again, cracking down on rampant corruption. But when will CM B S Yeddyurappa step up to the plate and support him by ensuring the guilty are punished severely?On Wednesday, Lokayukta Santosh Hegde executed a series of raids across Karnataka and netted seven officials with Rs 11.03 crore: an excise sub-inspector from Bangalore, a traffic ACP from Hubli, motor vehicles inspectors from Raichur and Bidar, a railway police inspector and a vigilance officer from Bangalore, and an assistant engineer from Gulbarga. Their assets run into crores of rupees, properties include palatial homes and farms, factories, flats, and even an earth mover. The sleuths are busy, sealing their properties and counting the monies.
- Lok Ayukta tightens noose around Revanna
Lok Ayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde has speeded up the probe into the `alleged’ scam in engineers’ recruitment, which was done during JD(S)LP leader H D Revanna’s tenure as public works and energy minister in the Kumaraswamy government.The Lok Ayukta on Sunday issued a public notice, asking persons acquainted with the subject to make statements before July 23.
- 7 babus amassed wealth worth over Rs 7 crore
“I wish you had raided my house next month. By that time, my promotion process would have been completed. Now, it will be delayed.”These were the words of Basavareddy V Lingadal, Kittur Circle police inspector, on Tuesday, when Lokayukta sleuths descended on his premises for a raid. The sleuths unearthed property worth over Rs 1.38 crore, as against Rs 27 lakh, which is his actual known income.In the statewide raid, Lokayukta sleuths raided seven officials, including an excise DC, first division assistant with BDA, motor vehicles inspector, Mysore BEO, assistant labour commissioner and an assistant executive engineer – unearthing property worth over Rs 7 crore, which they had amassed beyond their known sources of income.
- Lok Ayukta blasts Sampagni
Lok Ayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde described the whole turn of events as a “mockery of the judicial
system.”“Though he (Sampagni) was supposed to spend 3 days in judicial custody, he’s resorting to such measures just to evade the remand. Doctors at Jayadeva had given a clean chit after screening him for cardio-related problems, but then he got himself admitted at Nimhans citing nervous problems and headache. This kind of overriding the court order through convenient ways should not be tolerated,” Hegde said
KGF BJP MLA Y Sampangi caught red handed by Lokayukta
Lokayukta conducted a surprise raid on Thursday, Jan 29 afternoon at the Karnataka Legislator’s Home (LH) in Bangalore and caught KGF BJP MLA, Y Sampangi red handed while taking bribe.According to sources, Farooq was trying to get off the hook from a legal case and approached Sampangi with a bribe amount of Rs 5 lakhs. Lokayukta officials are still investigating in the LH.
- Lok Ayukta raids 13 babus
In 1999, the Lok Ayukta trapped R Nagaraja accepting a bribe. As punishment, compulsory retirement was recommended. However, the Karna taka Administrative Tribunal stayed this and reinstated him.On Wednesday, the Lok Ayukta unearthed assets worth over Rs 57.92 lakh from him and are ascertaining the value of other properties, including a house in Raghupathi Agrahara and four acres of land, as well as gold.
- MLC rushes to rescue raided official
For once, the Lok Ayukta was on the back foot when a council member came rushing to rescue a raided official.Five weeks ago, the Lok Ayukta had raided the premises of Belgaum ZP CEO B B Naik and unearthed property disproportionate to his known sources of income. When Naik was produced in court, he sought to be produced in the judge’s chamber instead.
- Facing corruption? Call the minister
The next time a city corporation officer asks for a bribe, walk out of the office and look for a board with urban development minister Suresh Kumar’s number and address. The minister can also be contacted if one is unhappy with the quality of work undertaken by a corporation.
- BSY unveils roadmap to weed out corruption
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday handed over an administrative road map to the heads of all departments that seeks to activate the dormant system right from top to bottom level, besides weeding out corruption.
- Lokayukta nabs PUE Dept official
Bangalore City Division Lokayukta police arrested an employee of Deputy Director, Pre-University Education Department, Bangalore North District, Malleswaram for allegedly accepting a bribe on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as L Muninayaka, office superintendent. He is accused of accepting a bribe of Rs 5000 !
- Bribe-seeker demands big pie in shares
Bribe is no longer limited to demanding cash. It could involve demanding a share holding in a firm and endless rounds of harassment. But not everyone gives in.When Pawan Kumar Jain was harassed by an environmental officer again and again for “unofficial favours,” he decided enough is enough. Jain filed a harassment complaint against the officer with the police, Lok Ayukta and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). While the case is progressing in the Lok Ayukta and the KSPCB, the police seem to be sitting pretty on the file.
- Lok Ayukta nets corrupt babus
Just as Lok Ayukta sleuths swooped down on the Bangalore residence of Davangere assistant commissioner (commercial taxes) Amanulla Sharief on Friday morning, he jumped over the compound wall and disappeared. But he returned by 10.30 am and said he’d gone to visit his ailing mother.Why did he run in such a panic? For Sharief knew of the sleuths’ visit. They unearthed documents for property worth Rs 1.35 crore and cash from his house, whereas his entire 30 years’ earnings would have come to just Rs 30 lakh.
- 1 out of 3 poor people paid bribe for basic services: study
One out of every three people living below the poverty line in India paid bribes to access basic public services such as health care, education, and water, says a new study that also found that people believe these services to be more corrupt than they actually are.The study, by Transparency International India, the Indian arm of the activist group that works against corruption, and non-profit research organization Centre for Media Studies (CMS) in 2007, will be released on Saturday evening by the country’s vice president Mohammed Hamid Ansari.
- Mining firms to get notices: Lokayukta
Notices will be issued to two mining companies in the district – Canara Minerals in Gubbi and Hanuman Singh Mining Company in Chikkanayakanahalli in connection with the alleged illegal mining, said Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde.
- Governor launches Lokayukta helpline
When it comes to making emergency services available and information on the status of the complaints filed with the Lokayukta, Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde means business. Therefore, 080 – 2237 5014 is not just another helpline.
- Lokayukta, IT dept to fight graft
In a unique and first time effort in Karnataka, the Income Tax department (Karnataka Circle) and the Lokayukta have decided to come together to share information and work in tandem to probe into illegal assets and disproportionate income of government officials in the State
- Motor vehicle inspector held
Motor vehicle inspector Shankarappa, who had escaped prior to a Lok Ayukta raid at his house on November 3, was arrested on November 5 and has been remanded to police custody till November 9. He owned 24 acres of land in Bellary in his mother’s name, 35 acres in his wife’s name, a commercial complex in Basaweshwarnagar, and many sites.
- RTI act effective against corruption: Venkatachala
Justice N Venkatachala on Thursday called on the UPA government to initiate urgent steps to curb administrative corruption in the country for the future of the country and its people, as India has become a signatory to the ‘United Nations Convention Against Corruption’.
- Lokayukta wing makes monthly visits to every taluk
The Lokayukta wing has taken up an effective step towards controlling corruption in Government owned institutions and organisations, said Lokayuktha SP Eshwarchandra Vidyasagar. Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, he informed that the wing makes monthly visits to every taluk.
- Tighten rules to check illegal mining: Lokayukta
Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde is shortly going to write to the Forest Department asking them to change the permit rules to check rampant illegal mining in the State.Justice Hegde has warned the Departments of Mines and Geology and Forest that if they do not check illegal mining in Karnataka, the State would soon be devoid of its mineral wealth.
- Corruption at various depts irks TP members
The taluk panchayat executive officers should check the mismanagement that is rampant in the various departments of the taluk and take appropriate action to contain the same, demanded the taluk panchayat members, at the general meeting organised at the premises of the taluk panchayat office.Bukkapattana taluk panchayat member Manjunath enlightened the members about the mismanagement in the various departments of the taluk along with facts and figures. On listening to this the members in unison demanded that situation should be corrected with immediate effect.
- Lokayukta office gets ‘eyes and ears’!
Right from the entrance of the office till the chambers of the Lokayukta and the Upalokayukta, all public areas of the office situated in the Multi-storeyed building next to Vikas Soudha were being monitored through closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance system.
- Removal of Ministers, HDK to seek legal opinion
Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday said he will consult legal experts before taking any decision on the recommendation of Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde to remove two ministers Y Alkod Hanumanthappa and Sharanabasappa Darshanapur from the Cabinet.The Lokayukta had recommended the chief minister to remove the two ministers from the Cabinet for failing to submit their statements of assets and liabilities for the year 2005 to the Lokayukta within the prescribed date.
- Spare scam busters: Upa Lok Ayukta
Upa Lok Ayukta Justice G Patri Basavana Goud has asked the education department to refrain from punishing people who expose corruption.In his letter to commissioner for public instruction Madan Gopal on May 11, 2007, the Upa Lok Ayukta has taken exception to the department’s decision to transfer P Asha Kumari, as assistant teacher at the government higher primary school, Cholanayakanahalli.
- ‘Stung’ Hubli traffic S-I suspended for accepting bribe
A traffic police inspector has been suspended after he was caught on camera during a “sting operation” carried out by a TV news channel recently.According to the police, traffic inspector Shivashanakar H Gadad was suspended a day after the video clipping that had purportedly shown him accepting Rs 1,000 from a manganese transporter reportedly to ply the truck via Hubli.
- CHESCOM Asst Engineer held for accepting bribe
CHESCOM Assistant Engineer was caught red hand by Lokayukta sleuths while accepting bribe for showing official favour.Lokayukta sources said that Srinivas was caught red handed while accepting Rs 5,000 as a bribe to install transformer from Capt. Madappa of Hulugunda near Siddapur yesterday.
- Lokayukta to probe mining scam
With the winding up the Justice U L Bhat Commission, the State government on Thursday decided to order an inquiry by the Lokayukta into the alleged irregularities in the mining sector and the Rs 150-crore bribery charges against Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and some of his cabinet colleagues.
- Punish domestic garbage dumpers: Lokayukta
The Lokayukta, Justice Santosh Hegde, is likely to appeal before a division bench of the Karnataka High Court against the recent Court verdict that modified the order of the previous Lokayukta, to eliminate stray dogs from the City’s streets.
- Lokayukta to prosecute MLA for ‘lying’
Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde on Thursday issued an order to prosecute Channapatna MLA Yogeshwar C P for giving a false declaration under Section 22 of Lokayukta Act. He also directed Lokayukta Registrar Subramanyam to file a complaint against the MLA in the jurisdictional court.
- Lok Ayukta to get his team of prosecutors
It is a major step to tighten the noose around corrupt government servants trapped by the Lok Ayukta. The Karnataka Lok Ayukta will get his own team of prosecutors to proceed against the accused.
- Suggestion ignored, Lok Ayukta unhappy
Lok Ayukta Justice Santosh Hegde is irked over a government under-secretary’s disapproval of his recommendation that the government shouldn’t give salaries and perks to MLAs and MLCs who do not declare their assets.
- Lokayukta team trap two officials
Lokayukta police trapped officials taking bribes, in two separate incidents in Hospet and Bijapur. An Second Division Assistant in the Minor Irrigation Sub-Division at Hadagali of Hospet taluk was arrested by the Lokayukta police on December 29. Acting on a complaint by a farmer, Chennabasappa Bada Bheemappanavar of Holeittige village, the police laid a trap and arrested Mahendra while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,300 from the farmer.
- Lokayukta traps GP Secretary
The Lokayukta, Chitradurga, has arrested the Secretary of Madakaripura Gram Panchayat, Chitradurga taluk, G N Chennappa for demanding and accepting a bribe from one Mr T Anjanappa, son of Thippeswamy and a resident of Madakaripura. The Lokayukta police had acted on a complaint filed by Mr Anjanappa.
- Provide prosecution powers to Lokayukta
Unlike his predecessor former Justice Venkatachala, the present Lokayukta, who has been defending his stand about him not conducting raids or laying traps, Justice N Santosh Hegde, on Saturday reiterated the reasons why he was not doing so.
- Lokayukta police trap 2 officers in Belgaum
Belgaum Lokayukta officials raided properties and offices of two officials of Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board and recovered valuables and properties worth Rs 1.54 crore, in Belgaum and Dharwad.
- ‘Lokayukta’ officials held
Bunder police have arrested two persons on charges of extorting Rs 12.5 lakh from a MCC official after ‘raiding’ the house of the latter in the guise of Lokayukta officials. The arrested have been identified as Kiran (33), a resident of Ashoknagar and Nitesh alias Neetu (30), a resident of Bejai in City.
- CM’s assets will be on Lok Ayukta site
Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy has decided to go public: He will post the details of his father-former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda’s entire family assets on the Lok Ayukta website.
- Lokayukta office now clean: Upalokayukta
The corrupt police officers working in the Lokayukta police wing have either been transferred or ‘neutralised’ and the institution is ‘now clean’, Upalokayukta Justice Patri G Basavana Goud claimed on Wednesday
- Lok Ayukta officials arrest doctor for demanding bribe
A doctor, attached to the district hospital here, was today caught red handed by the Lok Ayukta officials while accepting a bribe for operating on a patient. The doctor, M C Vijapure, demanded Rs 10,000 from a poor patient for an operation, stating that it would cost more than Rs 40,000 in private hospitals.
- Lokayukta immersed in work on last day
On his last day in office, Lokayukta Justice N Venkatachala on Friday was swamped by visitors. Justice Venkatachala was seen signing and clearing all files at his office throughout the day. At the same time he also redressed some of the grievances of the public who had come to his office. He directed the authorities concerned to attend to their memorandums. The Lokayukta had become so busy that he had his lunch at 5.15 pm.
- Lok Ayukta raids three, recovers Rs 25 cr
Lok Ayukta sleuths raided three government servants on Saturday and recovered about Rs 25 crore from them. They are T Hanumanthaiah, village accountant, N Nagaraj Naik, assistant secretary, KIADB and H Thimme Gowda, deputy superintendent of excise.
- Netizens favour extension of Lokayukta’s tenure
Internet community favours an extension to the tenure of Lokayukta N Venkatachala. The Karnataka State Human Rights Council (KSHRC) has got positive feedback from the Internet community in the mass opinion poll campaign initiated by the council.
- BDA engineer, cops trapped
An assistant subinspector, a constable and a BDA engineer were on Thursday trapped in separate incidents by Lok Ayukta sleuths while accepting bribe. In the first case, assistant engineer of BDA in Banashankari, G D Jayaram, was caught when he was accepting Rs 20,000 from Anand, a landlord. The BDA had recently notified lands belonging to Anand’s father in Kathriguppe.
- Lokayukta Venkatachala tenure extension poll held
In a City obsessed with its superstar cricketers, IT czars and style gurus, this one has a refreshing ring to it. Right under a hostile summer sun, bang in the middle of M G Road, a group of people cheered a new hero: Lokayukta Justice N Venkatachala.
- Lok Ayukta nets two corrupt officials – P C Ramakrishna and B Boraiah
- Lokayukta pulls up officials in Tumkur
- Taxman caught taking bribe
- Dy director of factories A R Vijayendra trapped in Lok Ayukta net for takign Rs 10,000 bribe
- Enough is enough: Lok Ayukta
- Corruption Ranking – Karnataka should’ve been No. 1, not No. 4: Lok Ayukta
- Bangalore Mayor does a Lok Ayukta
- Health dept staff make a killing
- Politicos made India No. 1 corrupt nation: Justice Venkatachala
- Beware, Lok Ayukta is coming
- Case against Girish taken up
- Court stays Lok Ayukta order on RTO
- Girish plays Lok Ayukta
- Lok Ayukta indicts ex-director B.B. Tambakad
- Stamp scam: Telgi’s lawyer accuses Baig
- Fund misuse in Tumkur district: Lok Ayukta orders probe
- Lok Ayukta traps Anekal TMC officials
- ‘Scribe’ nabbed for blackmail
- Govt suspends 19 CMC officials
- Indicted top treasury officials go scot free