- Published on 28 November 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
While welcoming nomination of retired Justice D P Buch as the new Lokayukta of the state, Congress has demanded that the Modi government remove the time limit of five years period for inquiry.
Leader of opposition in the Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela said that appointment of Lokayukta is welcome but it should be given more powers. Lokayukta in present form is toothless. The state government passed the Lokayukta bill in Assembly in the budget session which has set the time limit of investigating cases of past five years only. The delay in appointing the new Lokayukta has spared the Modi government from facing graft charges on many old issues which have got time barred.
On the other hand, Modi government has appointed M B Shah commission to inquire into alleged corruption cases amounting to Rs.17,000 crore. This includes land and loan given to Tata motors for Nano car project at Sanand. Vaghela demanded that this commission should be dissolved and all the cases should be transferred to Lokayukta.
He said that it was Congress which had suggested the name of Buch after consultations with Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court. The party will write to the Governor to approve the name and appoint the new Lokayukta.
The state will get Lokayukta after 10 years since Justice S M Soni’s term ended in 2003.
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