CM flayed for inability to find Lokayukta for Goa
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists on Wednesday criticized chief minister Manohar Parrikar's statement that he was unable to find a retired high court judge for the post of Lokayukta.
Reacting to Parrikar's statement, lawyer Aires Rodrigues has stated that if the chief minister was genuinely interested in appointing a Lokayukta, all that was required to be done was to write to the chief justice of India and possibly to some chief justices of high courts like Bombay, Karnataka and Gujarat requesting them to recommend some names.
"Goa needs a sturdy Lokayukta on a priority basis to curb the current rampant corruption and maladministration," Rodrigues said, accusing the chief minister of scouting for a pliable Lokayukta who will toe his line. He urged the chief minister not to take the people for a ride on corruption issue.
India against corruption (IAC) activist and convener of Goa people's forum Satish Sonak said that if it is true that judges are not willing to come to Goa, then we all Goans have to introspect on what is wrong in Goa and we should set it right.
Sonak also said that BJP had given pre-poll assurance that they will set up Uttarakhand- type Lokayukta in Goa which follows transparency in selecting Lokayukta but, they have formed a three member committee which has never asked high court to recommend the name.
Parrikar should answer to the people of the state if he is not able to find a retired judge and should approach the chief justice of Bombay high court to suggest a name for the post, Sonak said and asked if Parrikar had approached leader of opposition to find a candidate.
"If he wants honest and efficient Lokayukta then he should write to Anna Hazare and request him to send names. I promise him within 24 hours we will give him the list of retired judges," said Sonak.
BJP in its election manifesto had promised to appoint a Lokayukta within 100 days, if they came to power. Parrikar later said that Lokayukta will be appointed within 100 days after getting the President's assent. [TOI]