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Raichur Born Justice Shivraj Patil Sworn In As Karnataka Lokayukta

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altBANGALORE, AUG. 04: Born in Deodurga in Raichur district, former Supreme Court Judge, Shivaraj V Patil took over as Karnataka Lokayukta by Governor H R Bhardwaj on Wednesday in Bangalore.

Patil succeeds Santosh Hegde, whose term as Lokayukta ended Aug. 02. He declared corruption would not be tolerated at any level in the state.

 

Also, retired Karnataka High Court judge R Gurarajan was also sworn in as new Upalokayukta at a function in Raj Bhavan.

 

Earlier, Shivaraj Patil had probed the procedures followed in allocation of telecom spectrum in 2001-09 following the 2G spectrum scandal. He also served as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court, as well as the Acting Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.

 

Those present on the occasion included outgoing chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, higher educatiop minister V S Acharya, former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, Upalokayukta S B Majage, DGP Neelam Achutha Rao and Chief Secretary S V Ranganath.

Addressing his maiden press meet after being sworn-in by Governor H R Bhardwaj, he said, "let the message go that corruption will not be tolerated at any level in the state. Stringent action will be taken against those who indulge in it".

 
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