Justice KN Phaneendra, former judge of the Karnataka High Court, has been appointed as an Upalokayukta of the State. .The order was passed on Tuesday by Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, in exercise of his powers under Section 3(1) [Appointment of Lokayukta and Upalokayukta] of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, in pursuance of the recommendation made by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. .Justice Phaneendra will join another former High Court judge, Justice BS Patil, whose appointment as Upalokayukta was upheld by the High Court in March 2020..The post of Lokayukta has been vacant since January 28, after the end of Justice Vishwanatha Shetty's five-year term. As per data revealed in the Legislative Council, as many as 13,770 cases are pending with the Lokayukta..Justice Phaneendra was born on May 20, 1958 an enrolled as an Advocate on August 7, 1985. He was recruited as a District and Sessions Judge in 1998 and served as Additional District and Sessions Judge at Bangalore and Shimoga and as Principal District and Sessions Judge at Udupi, Haveri and Belgaum.He was also Secretary to the Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka, and Principal Secretary to Karnataka government's law department. He was appointed as an additional judge of the Karnataka High Court in October 2013 and was made a permanent judge in March 2016. He retired in May 2020.