Uttarakhand Assembly passes Lokayukta Bill

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 23:49

Dehra Dun: Uttarakhand assembly on Tuesday
passed a bill to set up a Lokayukta which brings in its net
the post of the Chief Minister, ministers, MLAs and government
servants including IAS and IPS officers with a provision of
life imprisonment or more severe punishment.

After a marathon discussion, the House passed the
Uttararakhand Lokayukta Bill, 2011, unanimously.

Chief Minister B C Khanduri said the Bill will go a long
way in the fight against corruption.

Soon after being sworn in on September 11, Khanduri had
vowed to set up the strong lokayukta within two months.

While the lower judiciary will be covered under the
Lokayukta, judges of the Uttarakhand High Court will not be
under the purview of the anti-corruption ombudsman which is a
mixture of Lokpal draft of Anna Hazare and others.

Former chief ministers, former ministers and retired
officers will also be under the purview of the Lokayukta.

The Lokayukta would consist of a chairperson and five
members with a scope of increasing the number to seven as per
the need and requirement.

However, consent of all the members is needed to
initiate investigations.

The Bill envisages that the members of the Lokayukta
should have legal background and should be persons of
impeccable integrity and outstanding ability and chairperson
of eminence in public life with extraordinary ability.

The term of the chairperson of the Lokayukta would be of
five years or upto the age of 70 years which ever is earlier.

After completion of investigations, the chargesheet will
be filed by the Lokayukta in a special court established under
the Prevention of Corruption Act for speedy trial.

The period of investigation as far as possible should
not extend beyond twelve months, the bill said.

After the completion of investigation in any case, the
Lokayukta shall have the power to recommend punishment of
dismissal, removal or reduction in rank against government
servants after giving them full opportunities of being heard.

The recommendation shall be binding on the appointing or
disciplinary authority of the government.

For any act of corruption, the punishment shall not be
less than six months of rigorous imprisonment and may extend
upto the imprisonment of ten years.

In the rarest of rare case, the punishment may be
extended upto life imprisonment.

The special court may take into consideration the higher
rank of an accused person to inflict a more severe punishment
than the life imprisonment, the Bill said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 22:21

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