Lokayukta to function by April: CM

 

The Lokayukta, which was promised to the people within 100 days of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government coming to power, is likely to start functioning by the first week of April, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced on Wednesday.  
 Parrikar also said that the amendments to the Act would be sent to the governor for his assent and in case there were any more changes, it could be done in the coming assembly sessions. He told media that the cabinet had confirmed the appointment of the Lokayukta and that the file would be sent to the governor within a couple of days.
The name of retired Supreme Court judge P Sudarshan Reddy has been recommended by the government.  
Parrikar also reiterated  his earlier stand that he was not very adamant on the amount of the fine as well as the other contentious clause of the “deemed rejection versus acceptance.”
The chief minister referring to the second issue said, “That is a small issue,” adding that as and when the suggestions by lawyer Prashant Bhushan come in they would be looked into.
He , however, repeated his earlier view on punishment for frivolous complaints.
“Punishment for persons who on purpose and with knowledg, files a case is a must,” he said adding that to identify which is a bogus complaint we have to put an “identifier.”
“Amount is not such a big criteria for me; Rs 1 lakh now will be like Rs 10,000 in future,” he said, arguing that depreciation was happening so fast. [H]