Lokayuktas meet in Oct to bring code for corruption cases



Bhopal: Lokayuktas of 20 different states of the country will meet here in October this year to discuss uniformity in dealing with corruption cases.

"A two-day conference of Lokayuktas (Ombudsmen) of the country will take place in October and its date will be finalised shortly," Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta Justice PP Naolekar told a news agency.

Justice Naolekar, who is a retired Supreme Court Judge, said that almost all the Lokayuktas have given their consent to attend the conference.

"I think there is a need for a central model code to help in the functioning of the Lokayuktas in the country," Justice Naolekar said adding that this issue will be discussed at the conference.

"If a central model code was formulated, the states can draw guidelines from it to enforce uniformity in the functioning of Lokayuktas," he said.

In Madhya Pradesh, he said that the Lokayukta has power to initiate contempt of court proceedings in High Court, which was not there in other states.

"We are going to discuss other issues in the conference as well," Justice Naolekar added.

As of now, the different acts were in vogue in states with regard to Lokayuktas' functioning, officials said.

PTI