Where is Karnataka’s Lokayukta?


The state government in Karnataka seems to have forgotten about a post that holds quite high esteem in the state. That of the ombudsman. Or the Lokayukta. After Justice Santosh Hegde retired last year, Justice Shivraj Patil took over. He resigned soon after allegations were levelled against him in a housing society case.

Here is a video of the time Justice Patil was sworn in as Lokayukta. Alas, one wonders when we will see the next such ceremony.

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Bellary ground report


On a visit to Bellary in 2011, I saw some very stark realities. One was the fact that the law of the land did not seem to matter much to those in power. Second is the amount of wealth accumulated by those who rule the roost. These are two stories culled out of a half-hour documentary that I worked on during that trip.

Reddy brothers defy SC, continue mining

Reddy brothers unaffected by Lokayukta’s report, busy in renovating family mansion