I would not like to continue in Lokayukta`s chair: Hegde

Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, a member of the joint drafting committee on the Lokpal Bill said that he would not like to continue in his chair after the expiry of his five-year term in August.

Updated: Apr 25, 2011, 21:42 PM IST

Panaji: Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh
Hegde, a member of the joint drafting committee on the Lokpal
Bill, on Monday said that he would not like to continue in his
chair after the expiry of his five-year term in August.

"I will not accept if any extension is granted to me.
I have worked enough. I can`t keep the same tempo," Hegde,
known for his vigorous campaign against corruption, told
reporters at Dona Paula, near here.
Hegde, who has been instrumental in handling issues
like illegal mining in Karnataka`s iron ore-rich Bellari, said
that he did not want to go through the rigmarole of selecting
new set of officers as the officers at Lokpal office are
"leaving".

"I don`t think, I will be able to continue and cope
up. The state government also will not be too happy to have me
in the chair", he said.

The former Supreme Court judge said that the
institution of Lokayukta in the last four years and seven
months has charge-sheeted about 1,400 officials, including
officers of the IAS and IPS, and also some MLAs.
He, however, admitted that a few cases had reached
their logical conclusion.

"The cases of 1999-2000 are still pending in various
courts. So you can imagine, by the time these cases are
completed, it will be 2020," he quipped.

The Lokayukta pointed out that more than corruption
it`s the maladministration in the system which needs to be
rectified.

He said that anti-corruption agitation of Anna Hazare
received massive support as fire against the scourge of
corruption was burning in the hearts of common people.

The Lokayukta had recently said that he was
"reconsidering" his decision to be on the joint drafting
committee on the Lokpal Bill as he was upset over the
"vilification campaign" against the anti-graft panel.

PTI