P Vishwanath Shetty, retired judge of Karnataka High Court, was on 28 January 2017 sworn in as the Lokayukta of Karnataka, a seat that had been vacant since December 2015. He succeeds Y Bhaskar Rao, who left the seat in 2015.
Shetty will be responsible for clearing all the pending cases and will work to re-establish the credibility of the anti-corruption ombudsman after the disgraceful exit of his predecessor Y Bhaskar Rao.
Rao resigned in December 2015 after investigations showed that his son Y Ashwin was allegedly running threatening raids. Following this, Rao was arrested, but recently on 28 January 2017, he was granted conditional bail by the special Lokayukta Court.
About P Vishwanath Shetty
• Shetty hails from Dakshina Kannada district.
• He has previously served as the Bar council nominee in the Press Council of India.
• Justice Shetty was enrolled as an advocate in 1966 and worked as a junior advocate under then Advocate General of Karnataka Thumbe Krishna Rao till 1971.
• He was elevated as a permanent judge of the High Court of Karnataka in 1995 and served till his retirement in May 2006.
• He has been practising as a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India since July 2006.