Tripura Opposition picks holes in Lokayukta Act

Alleging there were several holes in Tripura Lokayukta Act, opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath said the body cannot work independently.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2011, 17:12 PM IST

Agartala: Alleging there were several holes in Tripura Lokayukta Act, opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath on Saturday said the body cannot work independently in the present arrangement.
The Lokayukta could not undertake investigation
against the chief minister without approval by majority
members of the assembly which makes it (Lokayukta) difficult
"to work independently," Nath told a press conference.

"Again the Chief Minister will take the decision
whether the Lokayukta can initiate probe against any minister
after getting the graft complaint", he said.

Nath also said the entire bureaucracy, right from the
Chief Secretary to Director to employees and Tripura Tribal
Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) officials, were
kept out of the ambit of the act.

The act was "nothing but an eyewash of the CPI(M)-led
Left front government to cover up the corruption that has been
legalized under the regime of Manik Sarkar."
Nath claimed the suggestions of Left Front allies like
RSP, CPI and two opposition parties- Congress and Indigenous
Nationalist Party (INPT) - were ignored while chalking out the
Act.

PTI