Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
Modi government in Gujarat today sent the controversial Lokayukta Bill to Governor without making changes. Governor had returned the Bill suggesting several changes. However, there were very minor changes in the Bill which was passed by the House today.
The Bill has become a major controversy as it gives power of selection of Lokayukta and effective control of working of Lokayukta to a committee headed by Chief Minister. Earlier, Chief Minister had no role in the selection of Lokayukta. Chief Minister Narendra Modi had asserted that CM must have say in the appointment of the Lokayukta.
Governor Kamla Beniwal had on September 3 returned the bill, passed by the assembly on April 2, to the government for reconsideration, dubbing the legislation as "complete mockery of the judicial process and detrimental to the interests of public welfare".
Governor Beniwal had also raised objections over presenting the investigation report to the Council of Ministers and not directly to the State Assembly, which redefines the authority and appointment of the state Lokayukta.
The Bill passed today incorporated two minor changes from its earlier version including one pertaining to the definition of the governor. The other was deleting words 'substantive capacity' from section 3 sub section five of the bill.
The sub-section five of section 3 of the previous Bill said, "The lokayukta shall be a person who is or has been a judge of Supreme Court of India or Chief Justice of a high court in a substantive capacity".
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