Would have exposed many graft cases: Justice Hegde
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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.


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

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