- Published on 29 November 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar
Finally Gujarat gets a Lokayukta after a gap of 10 years.
The Governor Kamla Beniwal on Friday evening appointed retired Justice D P Buch as the new Lokayukta. Leader of opposition Shankersinh Vaghela met Governor and conveyed to her his party’s support for Buch.
Earlier on Wednesday the state Cabinet had approved Buch’s name and forwarded to the Governor for approval. The Lokayukta issue had become a bone of contention between government and Governor. Earlier Governor had appointed Justice R A Mehta but it was challenged by the government. Later Supreme Court withheld the appointment but Justice Mehta himself refused to accept the job.
Meanwhile, the Modi government passed the Lokayukta bill in the state Assembly with a provision that it would have power t inquire into five year old cases only. The Governor had sent the bill back but the government send it again with no major changes.
The congress while welcoming the appointment of Buch has opposed the above provision. It has demanded that there should be no time limit and the new Lokayukta should be asked to probe all cases of irregularities of last 10 years. It has also demanded that M B Shah commission appointed by the Modi government to look into irregularities should be dissolved.
For news in Hindi see our Hindi daily Chaupal Chronicle