MP Lokayukta justifies Special court bill



Indore: Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta on Sunday justified the state government's proposed Special Court Bill which provides for seizing the property of corrupt officials.

"It is a very important bill. Though we don't say that special courts for the trial of corruption cases should be set up in all the districts of the state, but even if we get six-seven such courts, it will be sufficient. But these courts should be given responsibility to conduct trials only in corruption cases," state Lokayukta P P Naolekar said.

Advocating for tough laws to deal with corruption, the former Supreme Court Judge said that normally it was seen that penal action takes place against a corrupt official, but the black money generated by him remains with him as there is no legal provision for its seizure.

If properties earned through corrupt means gets seized, then naturally it becomes the property of government and it can use it for opening hospitals or schools, he said.

To a question, Naolekar said that there should be a time limit for the government to give its nod for prosecution in corruption cases and if it does not take any stand, then it should be considered as 'deemed permission'.

The special court bill that was passed by the Madhya Pradesh assembly has been sent to the Centre for its nod.

PTI