ಲೋಕಾಯುಕ್ತಕ್ಕೆ ಎಲ್ ಉಮಾಕಾಂತರನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟರೆ ಬೇರೆ ವಕೀಲರು ಸಿಗುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲವೇ ?
Lokayukta wants ‘flop’ as SPP in HC
Questions are being asked about L Umakanthan’s competence, given that he was reprimanded more than once by Lokayukta judge Sudhindra Rao
Posted On Monday, June 18, 2012
The Lokayukta’s recommendation of an advocate, whose earlier work in the anti-corruption watchdog’s trial court was found not up to the mark, as its special public prosecutor in the High Court has raised several eyebrows.
L Umakanthan had resigned as SPP of the Lokayukta for Bangalore Urban in February this year, following reports of his being reprimanded by Lokayukta court judge NK Sudhindra Rao. Earlier, the Lokayukta police had rooted for continuation of SPP I S Pramod Chandra but Umakanthan was given the job in December last year. Now, when the five-year tenure of Rajendra Reddy, who has handled high-profile cases including those pertaining to Katta Subramanya Naidu and BS Yeddyurappa, was expected to be extended, Umakanthan’s name has once again been proposed for the job.
During his earlier three-month tenure, Umakanthan had failed to recall the names of witnesses in graft cases involving politicians. On some occasions, the court had to get the investigating officer to provide details. On one occasion, Umakanthan failed to name the witnesses in the bribery case involving MLA Y Sampangi. In another instance, during the hearing of the Upper Bhadra Project contract case against BS Yeddyurappa, the judge had taken him to task for failing to answer questions related to the report on the case.
Not aware of letter: Umakanthan
Though sources confirmed that the letter recommending his name has already been sent to the government, Umakanthanhan said that he was not aware of it.
There are around 250 cases related to the Lokayukta in the High Court, including high-profile ones involving various former chief ministers and ministers. The SPP is responsible for handling these cases.
Meanwhile, Rajendra Reddy said it was the discretion of the Lokayukta to appoint an SPP. Since the post of Lokayukta is vacant, Upa Lokayukta SB Majage is in charge of administrative decisions. Reddy said, “The SPP can be removed anytime. I have completed five years. However, I came to know of the recommendation letter from other sources. I want to stop attending the cases immediately as I will not be able to do justice in such a scenario.”
Strong track record needed
High Court advocate GR Mohan said, “Someone with a strong track record in trial courts should be made the special public prosecutor in the Karnataka High Court. If he has resigned as Lokayukta prosecutor in the trial court, questions will be raised over why he is being recommended to the High Court.”
Copyright 2009 Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. . All rights reserved.