Govt moots more autonomy for Lokayukta: Moily

Amid the controversy surrounding the resignation of Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, M Veerappa Moily today said the government was contemplating vesting the anti-corruption watchdog with Constitutional powers.

Last Updated: Jul 02, 2010, 18:21 PM IST

Bangalore: Amid the controversy surrounding
the resignation of Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, Union
Law Minister M Veerappa Moily today said the government was
contemplating vesting the anti-corruption watchdog with
Constitutional powers.

"Lokayukta cannot function on the whims and fancies of
any state government and should function as an autonomous
body," Moily told reporters here.

Moily said the institution of Lokayukta was established
to root out corruption in the country and "now there is a
need to strengthen the Lokayukta by giving it more powers".

"In this direction, I have recommended more autonomy for
Lokayukta in my second Administrative Reforms Commission
report," Moily, who headed the Commission, said.

Moily`s remarks come against the backdrop of the
resignation of Hegde, who not only deplored the "indifference"
of the BJP government in the state towards fighting corruption
but also expressed displeasure over the Lokayukta not being
given suo motu powers.

Hegde`s resignation, coming into effect from August 31,
had put the BJP government on the backfoot and created a
political furore in Karnataka.

The Lokayukta has remained firm on not reconsidering his
decision to resign despite the BJP going into a damage-control
mode by requesting him to retrace his step.

PTI