Govt recommends B Sudarshan Reddy for Goa Lokayukta
Chief minister ManoharParrikar on Wednesday confirmed that the government has written to the chief justice of the high court of Bombay recommending the name of retired Supreme Court judge B Sudarshan Reddy as the Lokayukta of Goa.
Parrikar said the opposition leader has concurred on the name and that the chief justice of the high court of Bombay has to now approve it.
Parrikar also said that the Lokayukta Act will be amended in the forthcoming session of the Goa legislative assembly. One clause to be amended is regarding the amount of fine to be paid in case someone files a false or frivolous complaint.
The fine may range from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and may also include imprisonment of up to one year. The power to fine or to jail will be with the Lokayukta and not with the government, Parrikar said. Another clause is regarding the fees to be paid when one files a complaint to the Lokayukta.
Other amendments have been drafted to bring more institutions under the purview of the Lokayukta. Also, the Lokayukta will now be chief justice of a high court or justice of the Supreme Court. The term of three years as mentioned in the act will also be extended to five years.
Referring to the constant pressure from the media which frequently reminded of the BJP's pre-poll promise to set up a Lokayukta within 100 days and the government's failure to do so, the chief minister said he was unable to do so due to various problems including non-availability of suitable judges.
Justice (Rtd) B Sudershan Reddy
Joined Andhra Pradesh bar in 1971
Was appointed permanent judge of Andhra Pradesh high court in 1995
Was appointed chief justice of Guwhati high court in 2005
Was elevated to the Supreme Court in 2007
Served in the apex court for four-and-a-half years
Was part of the bench hearing black money cases
Retired in July 2011 [TOI]