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Will CM Present Draft Lokayukta Bill In The Forthcoming Assembly Session?

While the State Goa Law Commission Chairman Ramakant khalap on Monday submitted the draft Lokayukta bill to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, he however seemed to be non-committal on tabling it before the forthcoming assembly session contrary to what he had promised earlier.

Kamat said he will try to present the bill in the assembly. He also said that the earlier Bill has to be withdrawn first and then this has to be introduced.

Pointing out that the draft is a combination of Union Lokpal Bill, Jan Lokpal Bill, Goa Lokayukta Bill 2007 and Public Acts and Corruption Bill Khalap also informed that the Chief Minister has also been included in the ambit of Lokayukta as demanded in Jan Lokpal. “It has everything required to curtail corruption and will act as a deterrent against corruption,” he said.

Law Commission Member Cleofato Almeida Coutinho informed that the bill provides for every complaint’s investigation within six months and the court is obliged to dispose of the matter within one year. “Hence, the time limit from when a person files a complaint, up to the end of the trial cannot go beyond two years,” he stated.

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