Would have exposed many graft cases: Justice Hegde

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 18:32

Bangalore: Former Karnataka Lokayukta
Santosh N Hegde on Wednesday said he would have brought out many
corruption cases had he been given suo moto powers to
investigate "political bosses holding office" during his
tenure.

The former Supreme Court judge, who retired as Karnataka
Lokayukta last month after being in office for five years,
said he was frustrated at times because of lack of such powers
as well the government`s poor response, vis-a-vis sanction to
prosecute tainted officers.
"(As per Karnataka Lokayukta Act) Investigation in regard
to political bosses holding office cannot be done suo moto,"
the Team Anna member told agency here.

"I had demanded suo moto power (which was not given). If
that was the case, many, many things... many, many political
leaders could have been investigated... may be discreetly or
otherwise and many things would have come out.

"From what`s happening now (corruption scandals in
Karnataka), you know the possibilities (many would have been
caught)," said Hegde, whose report on illegal mining submitted
to the government on July 27 cost an indicted B S Yeddyurappa
the chief minister`s chair.

He also said that sanctions for prosecution of officers
who were raided were not being given promptly and in many
cases, not given at all by the government citing flimsy
grounds.
"For some reason or other, the government always looked
at Lokayukta very suspiciously," Hegde added.

He strongly favoured introduction of citizen`s charter in
all government offices like sub-registrar, revenue and
corporations frequented by ordinary people, so that grievances
are redressed and work done in a time-bound manner, failing
which officials are liable to be punished.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 18:32
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