2 June 2012. Y Sampangi, a ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), was today sentenced to three-and-a half year rigorous imprisonment in a bribery case by the Lokayukta special court. Judge N K Sudheendra Rao. Sampangi was also imposed a fine of $ 800 failing which he has to undergo imprisonment for another six months. The judge directed the Lokayukta deputy superintendent of police to issue arrest warrant on Sampangi and take him into custody.
Sampangi, who represents Kolar Gold Fields assembly constituency, was trapped by Lokayukta police on January 29, 2009, while accepting $1,000 and a cheque for $9,000 from a person to settle a civil dispute.
Sampangi’s conviction has come as an added embarrassment to the ruling BJP in the state where several of its leaders, including former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, are battling cases of corruption in courts.