news Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 05:30
The Karnataka Lokayukta muddle has taken another turn with its Bengaluru SP Sonia Narang filing a criminal defamation complaint against V Bhaskar and a Kannada TV news channel. Narang, the officer who first brought to light cases of corruption within the body, filed the complaint against the channel for airing alleged falsehoods against her. A report in The Times of India mentions that Bhaskar is an associate of Y Ashwin, the son of Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao. Narang had filed an FIR against Rao on July 1, accusing him of corruption. On Thursday, the TV channel had aired footage of a taped conversation which allegedly has Bhaskar and an unidentified advocate talking about the property Narang owns. The duo is said to have alleged that Narang owns three flats in the outskirts of the city, all of which are worth close to Rs 2.5 crore. The report mentions that Narang submitted a CD of the conversation along with a two page complaint to the Vidhana Soudha police station. A senior police officer is quoted saying that “She (Narang) has said this is an act of vengeance against her for exposing corruption in the Lokayukta.” The officer also mentioned that Narang had threatened Bhaskar with legal action for misusing the Lokayukta office. “She discovered that Bhaskar allegedly misused the Lokayukta office by approaching government officials and blackmailing them with raids if they don't pay up. He had also claimed it was he who helped Narang become Lokayukta SP. A few months ago, she had warned Bhaskar that she would file a police complaint and since then, he was avoiding her,” said the officer to the newspaper. Cases against Bhaskar and the channel have been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 506 (committing offense with criminal intimidation), 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).