Patna: Advocating a strong and effective
Lokayukta in Bihar, LJP on Monday alleged that Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar had proposed a weak ombudsman to save the skin of
corrupt public servants.
"The draft for Lokayukta suggests that Kumar has proposed
a weak Lokayukta...It will be a toothless body under control
of the state government," LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan told
The draft circulated by the government on the websites
reflected that the state would have full control over the
Lokayukta. "Even the appointment of Lokayukta will be made by
the government without adopting a transparent system of
appointment," he said.
Recommendations by the Lokayukta against corrupt public
servants would be subject to government`s sanction for
prosecution in any case, he said.
"Even now there is a growing demand from ruling NDA
leaders that Chief Minister be brought out of the purview of
the Lokayukta. Lokayukta has been proposed in Bihar to save
the skin of corrupt public servants...and it is not going to
prove to be an effective tool for reining in corruption," he