Karnataka ACB | Abolition of ACB, strengthening of Lokayukta: Government obeyed High Court verdict

Bengaluru: The state government, which has implemented the High Court order canceling the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), has issued an order empowering the Lokayukta police department to investigate under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In this regard, the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms has issued an order on Friday, and the establishment of ACB in 2016, the authority of police stations and investigation authority have been withdrawn immediately. Besides, the investigation cases in ACB have been ordered to be transferred to Lokayukta.
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In 2016, the then government had curtailed the power of the Lokayukta Police Division and established the ACB as an alternative. Challenging this order of the government, the Social Transformation Community (NGO) and others approached the High Court. The High Court, which heard these petitions, quashed the establishment of the ACB. In addition, the ACB had given a verdict on August 11 to transfer the cases to the Lokayukta.

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On September 3, the 23rd Sessions Court granted conditional bail to Bengaluru City Collector J. Manjunath, who was in judicial custody in a bribery case.
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The ACB officials did not file a charge sheet against the accused IAS officer Manjunath under the Prevention of Corruption Act within 60 days. Judge Laxminarayan Bhat granted statutory conditional bail to the accused on the basis of this fact.

Manjunath, who was the city district collector, paid Rs. A person named Azam Pasha had complained to the ACB officials alleging that he had received a bribe. Based on this complaint, ACB officials raided the DC office and arrested Deputy Tehsildar Mahesh and Office Assistant Chetankumar. After this, Manjunath was named as the third accused in the case. He was arrested on 4th and handed over to judicial custody.
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Appeal challenging the High Court decision canceling ACB

A private individual has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s decision to quash the Bangalore Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). Kanakaraju, who is facing charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act, has filed a special appeal.
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The petitioner had lodged a complaint with the ACB against two officers of the vigilance police station of BESCOM who had demanded bribe from them. Now that ACB has been abolished, all cases have been transferred to Lokayukta. So, they have questioned the High Court verdict.