House passes Lokayukta Bill with heavy fine as deterrence for frivolous complaints

The state legislative assembly on Thursday passed various amendments to the Goa Lokayukta (first amendment) Bill, 2013 providing for fine up to Rs 10 lakh for filing false/frivolous complaints, raising the term of Lokayukta/Upa-Lokayukta to five years and providing more teeth to the law against corruption.

The amendments were passed after the opposition Congress party and independent MLA from Fatorda, Mr Vijay Sardessai, walked out of the House protesting the government decision to impose fine of Rs 10 lakh.
Earlier, most opposition legislators, including leader of the opposition, while participating in discussion on the Bill made a fervent plea to the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar not to increase the fine saying that there was already a provision in the original Act.
The Chief Minister, however, rejected the request saying that the provision was being made in the law to ensure that false cases aimed at defaming political classes were not filed by unscrupulous people. He said that the provisions being made were positive additions to the law. [NT]