Group opposes Reddy as Lokayukta


Alleging a lack of transparency in the appointment procedure of the Goa Lokayukta, a front comprising opposition parties urged the governor not to administer the oath of office to the newly-appointed Lokayukta Justice B Sudershan Reddy and also threatened to drag the government to court.
This was announced at a press conference on Thursday by social activist Aires Rodrigues which was attended by Shiv Sena's Rajesh Marathe, chief spokesman of NCP Trajano D'Mello, Congress spokesperson Sudip Tamankar, Goa Suraj Party's Floriano Lobo and Savera's Tara Kerkar, among others. They will call upon the governor on Friday.
Justice Reddy is scheduled to be sworn in on March 16. "The manner in which Reddy was appointed as Goa Lokayukta is questionable," said social activist Aires Rodrigues, member of the front named 'Together for Goa'. Alleging that the government had "faulted" in adopting the proper procedure for the selection, Rodrigues said that the Lokayukta was "hand picked" by a state-appointed search committee headed by the advocate general.
Raising the issue three days ago, the NCP chief spokesperson had said that as per information obtained under the RTI Act, only three retired judges had applied to the government. The government-appointed committee later considered some more which included Justice Reddy, D'Mello said, questioning the procedure adopted for the selection.
Expressing doubts about whether Reddy had non-partisan credentials, Rodrigues pointed out that on July 12 last year, Reddy had publicly expressed anger over the Telangana Congress MPs deciding to vote for Pranab Mukherjee in the presidential elections.
The front has also demanded that Reddy should explain to the people of Goa as to why he recommended to chief minister Manohar Parrikar the controversial amendments to the Goa Lokayukta Act that were passed in the last assembly session.
Rodrigues further stated that Lokayukta should also explain as to why he did not propose any other amendments that would give teeth to the Goa Lokayukta to crack the rampant prevailing corruption with an iron hand. [TOI]