Following the State Government clearing the decks yesterday for his appoint as new Lokayukta, Justice Yarabati Bhaskar Rao today took over as the new Lokayukta of Karnataka which had been lying vacant for more than an year following the resignation of Justice Shivaraj Patil on Sep.19, 2011.

The 74-year-old former Chief Justice was sworn into office at Raj Bhavan by Governor H.R.Bhardwaj this morning.

Justice Bhaskar Rao’s choice was cleared by a panel comprising Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, acting Karnataka High Court Chief Justice S.Sreedhar Rao, Legislative Council Chairman D.H.Shankar Murthy, Speaker K.G.Bopaiah and Opposition leaders in the two houses Siddaramaiah and S.R.Patil.

The new Lokayukta was acting Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court for three months in 1999 and later served as Chief Justice from March 9, 2000 to June 26, 2000 before retiring.

After retiring from service, Justice Bhaskar Rao, hailing from Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, was appointed Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission before becoming a member of the National Human Rights Commission. He was also a Judge of Andhra Pradesh High Court.

Meanwhile, the Advocates Association of Bangalore which opposed Bhaskar Rao’s choice as he was a non-Kannadiga has decided to move the Supreme Court in this regard, said Association Secretary A.P.Ranganath.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore