First time in the history of ACB arrests Former Bengaluru DC,IAS officer,J Manjunath in bribery case Sent to 14 days Judicial custody by Court

Pramesh S Jain & Dr B Thomas (Special correspondent)


he Anti Corruption Bureau officials on Monday arrested former Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban J Manjunath for his alleged involvement in a corruption case,which they are probing.

The arrest came in the wake of High Court of Karnataka reprimanding the ACB for taking a soft stand against the senior officials while probing the case.

The ACB had earlier questioned Manjunath after HC took strong objections of the ACB officials intentions on probing the case.

After the whip was cracked the ACB officials summoned J Manjunath and questioned for few hours and recorded his statement .

The case pertaining to ACB arresting,Deputy Tahsildar P S Mahesh red handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs five lakh from an Anekal resident for an official favor in a land dispute case .

DC Manjunath is considered accused number three in the case. Following the complaint of Azam Khan, a land owner from Begur, the ACB officials nabbed two persons working in the DC office on May 21.

The investigations led to the links to the DC following which the state government on Friday shunted him as director of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme.

Manjunath arrest has not only revealed the rampant corruption in DC office but also the ACB investigations which failed to question Manjunath until HC intervened.

The ACB officials arrested J Manjunath and produced before the magistrate at his house in the evening in Koramangala and after hearing the arguments the magistrate sent him to 14 days Judicial custody.