CM agreeable to modifications in Lokayukta, claims Prashant

 

The national executive member of the Aam Aadmi Party, Mr Prashant Bhushan, on Sunday said that the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar has agreed to include their draft of amendments to the Goa Lokayukta (first amendment) Bill, 2013 on the lines of the Uttarakhand Lokayukta. The Goa Lokayukta (first amendment) Bill was recently introduced and passed in the state legislative assembly.
 
Addressing the media in the city, Mr Bhushan said that India Against Corruption (IAC) has proposed a fresh draft, which will be submitted to the Chief Minister within 20 days. He further said that the Chief Minister has assured to do the needful if presented the draft within 20 days and that he would present it in the budget session of the state legislative Assembly.
 
The IAC and many other activists have objection to certain clauses in the Goa Lokayukta (first amendment) Bill, 2013 including a clause imposing a fine up to Rs 10 lakh for filing false or frivolous complaints with the Lokayukta. Mr Bhushan said that false complainants must be punished but there should be a balance. “It is the job of the Lokayukta to investigate and find out whether the complaints are false or not,” he said adding that the amendment bill was passed without discussing with the civil society.
Mr Bhushan said that an anti-corruption agency, which is the heart and soul of the LokPal Bill, should be an independent body, accountable to the Supreme Court and the people or else it would be like the Central Bureau of Investigation in whose functioning, he said, there is government interference. [NT]