Karnataka Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao’s son Ashwin Rao, who was arrested on Monday for his alleged role in a multi-crore extortion racket, was remanded to nine days police custody by the Special Lokayukta Court on Tuesday.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe the scam was directed to take special care of Ashwin in view of his failing health.
Producing him before the court, SIT officer Labhu Ram told judge VG Bopaiah that Ashwin will be taken to different parts of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to uncover a large “crime and extortion syndicate” that he allegedly heads.
Meanwhile, sources in the government said their emissaries were in constant touch with Bhaskar Rao.
“Our efforts to convince him to resign have intensified since his son’s arrest but he has not shown any signs of stepping aside and remains as stubborn as ever,” a senior minister in the Siddaramaiah cabinet said.
News broke in early May that Ashwin, along with Lokayukta PRO and joint commissioner Syed Riaz, had called a senior bureaucrat to the Lokayukta office and demanded Rs 1 crore to prevent a raid on his properties.
Since then, investigators have been receiving complaints from other government officers who claimed that they too had been blackmailed.