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Governor urged not the administer oath to Lokayukta

A 12 member delegation representing political parties and NGOs led by Adv. Aires Rodrigues today called on Goa Governor BV Wanchoo at Raj Bhavan and urged him not to administer the oath to Justice B. Sudershan Reddy as the Goa Lokayukta which is scheduled for March 16th.

The delegation comprising of representatives of various political parties and NGOs submitted a memorandum to Governor Wanchoo that the selection of Justice Sudershan Reddy was non transparent and high – handed. Governor Wanchoo assured the delegation that he would look into their concerns and takes an appropriate decision.

Accusing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of manipulating the appointment of Justice Sudershan Reddy to ensure a Yes-man Lokayukta, Adv. Rodrigues told Governor Wanchoo that the selection of Justice Sudershan Reddy as the Goa Lokayukta had to be opposed tooth and nail.

Stressing on the need for having a sturdy and a non-partisan Goa Lokayukta, Adv. Rodrigues told Governor Wanchoo that it was very appalling that the Goa Government did not consider the distinguished Goan retired judges for the post.

Adv. Rodrigues further informed the Governor that the selection of Justice Sudershan Reddy will be legally challenged besides taking the issue to the people’s Court for neither being transparent nor in accordance with law. And also demanded that Justice Sudershan Reddy should explain to the people of Goa as to why he recommended to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar  those controversial and draconian amendments to the Goa Lokayukta Act that were passed in the last Assembly session.

Adv. Rodrigues further sought that Justice Sudershan Reddy should also state as to why he did not propose any other amendments that would give teeth to the Goa Lokayukta to crack the rampant prevailing corruption with an iron hand.

Governor Wanchoo was also told that after waiting for a year, Goa by way of Justice Sudershan Reddy was getting a toothless and a Yes man of the Chief Minister which was going to be an exercise in futility besides being a white elephant that Goa would be better off without.

Expressing doubts about whether Justice Sudershan Reddy’s had non-partisan credentials, Adv. Rodrigues pointed out to Governor Wanchoo that on July 12 last year Justice Sudershan Reddy had publicly expressed anger over the Telangana Congress MPs deciding to vote for Pranab Mukherjee in the presidential elections.

Adv. Rodrigues further pointed out that Sudershan Reddy’s swearing in ceremony on 5th December 2005 as Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court was a very controversial affair as he took a whole pack of over 100 fellow Andhraites to attend the function at the cost of Assam Government.

Adv. Rodigues also told Governor Wanchoo that Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni could not have been entrusted the task of searching a Lokayukta and that the Government should have instead written to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and some other High Court Chief Justices seeking names for the post of Lokayukta.

Adv. Rodrigues drew Governor Wanchoo’s attention that the Goa Government had misled him that the necessary infrastructure required to make the office of the Goa Lokayukta functional has been kept ready.

Suggesting that the Old Secretariat building at Panaji would be best suited to house the Lokayukta, Adv. Rodrigues demanded that Governor Wanchoo ensure that the working of the Lokayukta should be totally insulated from any interference by the Chief Minister. 

Expressing the need for a non partisan person ready to be Goa’s sturdy Lokayukta, the memorandum submitted to Governor Wanchoo states that the crucial position of a Lokayukta cannot be a retirement posting in the land of fish, feni, fun and frolic.

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