Justice B Sudershan Reddy, a retired Supreme Court judge is set to become the first Lokayukta of Goa.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told Herald that government has settled for retired justice Reddy, for the post of Goa Lokayukta and the name has been forwarded to the Bombay High Court for its concurrence. The Leader of Opposition Pratapsing Rane has also been informed about the selection.
“Before making any official announcement, we have to seek concurrence from High Court. In the next couple of days, he would be appointed to the post,” Parrikar said.
The name was short-listed by a committee headed by the Advocate General.
Reddy, who retired from the apex court on July 7, 2011, after an illustrious career, was appointed as a permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on May 2, 1995; he was chief justice of the Guwahati High Court from December 5, 2005 until his elevation to the Supreme Court on January 12, 2007.
During his four-and-a-half-year tenure in the Supreme Court, Justice Reddy rendered several landmark judgments in cases pertaining to various branches of law. A few days prior to his retirement, Justice Reddy delivered a judgment criticising the Union government for its slackness in probing black money cases and ordered the constitution of a Special Investigation Team to take all steps for bringing back unaccounted monies, unlawfully kept in bank accounts abroad.
The BJP had promised in its election manifesto to appoint Goa Lokayukta within 100 days of coming to power. The government managed to get President Assent to the bill in May 2012 and accordingly the process was started to appoint a Lokayukta.
Though there was a delay in appointing the Goa Lokayukta, government had created 36 posts for the office of the Goa Lokayukta and decided to use part of the one-time Ribandar hospital premises, as office space for Goa Lokayukta.
The Lokayukta in the state will have powers to investigate and prosecute all public men, including the chief minister. A timeframe will also be set for investigation of cases. The Lokayukta bill is an amended version of the Goa Lokayukta Bill 2003, which was passed by the state assembly in 2005. [H]