Give more teeth to Goa Lokayukta Bill: Hegde

Last Updated: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 21:23

Panaji: Member of the joint drafting
committee on Lokpal Bill, Santosh Hegde, on Monday said that Goa
Lokayukta Bill needed more teeth to tackle corruption in the
state.



Hegde, who attended a brainstorming session on Goa
Lokayukta Bill here, said that the Bill should give policing
powers to Lokayukta so that he can either conduct a probe or
personally supervise the course of investigation in the cases
of corruption.
"I have studied Goa bill with provisions made in it
but it still requires modifications and changes, which will
make it up to date in today`s context," the Karnataka
Lokayukta said.



Incidentally, earlier in the day, the Digambar Kamat
government said that it was intending to withdraw Lokayukta
Bill, tabled in the state Assembly in 2003, due to implicit
lacuna and legal infirmities.
The former SC judge, who is known for his vigorous
campaign against corruption, said that an important aspect of
Prevention of Corruption Act wherein investigation of a
corruption case cannot be conducted by any police officer
below the rank of DCP, or other than a person authorised by a
notification of state government, is omitted from the Goa
Lokayukta Bill.



Hegde said that section 36 of Criminal Procedure Code
that deals with "powers of superior officers of police" should
be amended, without referring to President for assent.



"That would give institution (of Lokayukta) the right
to interfere in the investigation which also means supervision
of the investigations," he said.



PTI



First Published: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 21:23

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