30 January 2017 Current Affairs: 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.
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.