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Lokayukta Appointment Now Taken to HC

The appointment of B. Sudershan Reddy as Goa’s first Lokayukta will be challenged by Adv. Aires Rodrigues before the Bombay High Court at Goa next week. 

Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today stated that the entire selection and appointment process of B. Sudershan Reddy was contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court earlier this year while deciding petitions pertaining to the appointment of Lokayuktas in Gujarat and Karnataka.

“Let the High Court examine and decide whether B. Sudershan Reddy’s selection and appointment is in accordance with law” stated Adv. Rodrigues.

Adv. Rodrigues stated that instead of asking the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court to recommend names, the Goa Government unlawfully appointed a Search committee headed by Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni to scout for a Lokayukta.

Alleging that the selection of the Goa Lokayukta was not transparent and shrouded in mystery, Adv. Rodrigues also wondered as to why the distinguished Goan retired High Court judges were not considered for the post.

If a Goan can be a judge of the Bombay High Court at Goa, Adv. Rodrigues questioned the logic of the government in discarding them from the zone of consideration for the Lokayukta.

Adv. Rodrigues further stated that the Rs 500 fee being charged with every complaint filed before the Goa Lokayukta would also be challenged as it would discourage and deter the common man from filing complaints of corruption and maladministration before the Lokayukta.

Stating that the intent of the Lokayukta Act should be to encourage people to come forward with instances of corruption and maladministration, Adv. Rodrigues has demanded that there should be no fee to file a complaint and that on the contrary people coming forward to assist the Lokayukta in curbing corruption should be duly recognized.

Meanwhile Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today expressed surprise that the Goa Lokayukta B. Sudershan Reddy had insisted that a Police Sub Inspector should be posted as his Personal Security Officer (PSO).

Pointing out that even the PSO of the Goa Governor was of the rank of a constable, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the Lokayukata should not leave room for his own conduct to be judged. 

Adv. Rodrigues has today also publicly appealed to B. Sudershan Reddy to clarify if he infact had suggested to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar those draconian amendments to the Goa Lokayukta Act which were passed in the last session of the Goa Legislative Assembly. Interestingly the Goa Governor B.V. Wanchoo is yet to give his assent to those amendments.

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