Retired SC judge spurns Goa offer for post of Lokayukta
Mr Justice (retd) R V Raveendran, the former judge of the Supreme Court of India, turned down the offer of the government for the post of the state Lokayukta stating that he is not keen to take any new assignments after his retirement in October 2011, upon reaching superannuation.
The government has been feverishly scouting a suitable candidate for the post after failing to keep its promise to institute a Lokayukta in Goa, within 100 days of its coming to power.
Speaking on the appointment of the first state Lokayukta, the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that he desires to appoint a state Lokayukta, who would have maturity and cool head. “If I want, I can appoint a ‘Yes Sir’ Lokayukta within next 24 hours, but that is not my intention,” he stated, pointing out that Goa should have a Lokayukta, who would stand by his decisions, without being affected by any kind of pressure.
The Chief Minister said that although knowledge of local language is one of the conditions for the appointment of the state Lokayukta, his government could waive off the same if a suitable candidate with no knowledge of the local language agrees to hold the key post.
“The knowledge of local language could though be an additional advantage,” he noted.
Mr Parrikar maintained that his government is not too keen to appoint a Lokayukta like Mr Santosh Hegde, the former Lokayukta of Karnataka. “He was media savvy when a Lokayukta should be ideally integrity savvy,” he stated, retorting that if Goa finds a publicity hungry Lokayukta, then there is no dearth of people here, who would provide him with it. [NT]