For the first time in Karnataka, the special Lokayukta court has sentenced a sitting Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) to imprisonment for allegedly accepting a Rs. 5 lakh bribe.

Mr Sampangi was convicted of three counts under the Prevention of Corruption Act. He was fined and sentenced to three and a half years rigorous imprisonment. If Mr Sampangi fails to pay the fine he will have to endure a further 6 months in prison.