The Karnataka Lokayukta is an anti-corruption body that investigates major corruption charges and scandals in the state.

 

With such a serious mandate, a shocking oversight became known today morning when employees arrived at work only to realise that the front door of the organisation, made of wood and glass, had been completely torched. Luckily the fire did not spread, other than damaging a few computer wires.

 

Charan Reddy, Additional Police Commissioner, visited the Lokayukta office - situated in MS Building, near the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, and spoke to the employees, who claimed that no document was burnt or tampered with in the mishap.

 

This is of particular concern as the office contains many case files related to VIPs, VVIPs, ministers, former Chief Ministers, etc. under trial.

 

Incidentally, the Lokayukta is currently probing corruption charges against Bhaskar Reddy, a former justice of the Lokayukta.

 

It is a glaring oversight that an office that contains such sensitive files lacks sufficient security.