Probe on against MP CM Chouhan: Lokayukta

Last Updated: Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 13:39

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta
(Ombudsman) Justice P P Naolekar has denied that his
organisation was soft-pedalling probes against state Chief
Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the dumper purchase case and
eight members of his council of ministers.

"We are carrying out the probe against Chouhan and
his eight ministers according to the book. We are not soft on
anyone in our probes," the Lokayukta said in an interview.

"We rely on evidence and it takes time to gather
legal proof against those holding high positions", Naolekar
said.

"If any one comes to us with a complaint backed with
some evidence against ministers, they are welcome. We will
carry out probes to the logical end as what matters to us is
legal evidence which can stand in the court," he said.

"We take time to build a strong case against the
accused in the probes and that`s why our conviction rate was
70 per cent high," the Lokayukta remarked.

Justice Naolekar, who is a retired Supreme Court
judge, said that people’s faith in Lokayukta-the special
establishment of police formed to check corruption-was
increasing, as more and more people have started approaching
their organisation with complaints.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 13:39
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