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POSITIVE RESPONSE: Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde and Upa Lokayukta Patri Basavana Goud speaking at a public grievances meeting in Madikeri on Friday.
POSITIVE RESPONSE: Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde and Upa Lokayukta Patri Basavana Goud speaking at a public grievances meeting in Madikeri on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

It will ensure speedy disposal of cases

  • Permission sought to deal with 110 cases relating to top officials
  • Lokayukta to get 19 Deputy Superintendents of Police

    MADIKERI: Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde on Friday favoured a proposal to establish a court exclusively to try cases coming under the Lokayukta in the State for speedy disposal of cases.

    He was speaking to presspersons here after conducting a public grievances meeting, along with Upa Lokayukta, Patri Basavana Goud. He said the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court would be apprised of the need to establish such a court. There were over 18,000 cases pending with the Lokayukta in the State.

    The Lokayuka had also sought permission to deal with 110 cases relating to many top officials such as IAS, IPS, IFS, KAS and others. The Government was yet to give permission while some had got stay orders, Mr. Hegde said.

    To a question, Mr. Hegde and Mr. Basavana Goud agreed that they enjoyed additional powers as the State Government had given 20 lawyers to the Lokayukta to deal with various cases. It would speed up disposal of cases. They had been asking for suo moto powers, which were still being considered by the Government. Nineteen Deputy Superintendents of Police would be appointed to the Lokayukta in the State. Of this, Kodagu district would get one, Mr. Basavana Goud said.

    Corruption

    Mr. Hegde stated that Prevention of Corruption Act was the best weapon to deal with corruption cases in the State rather than utilising the powers of the Lokayukta team.

    Good governance

    To another question, he clarified that function of the Lokayukta was not just to remove corruption but ensure good governance by solving the difficulties of the people. He said that it was unfortunate that people did not come up with complaints on corruption for fear of court cases. Mr. Hegde called upon Government officials to work sincerely since they were public servants. "I am the boss" attitude should be shunned, he said. Officials acted under pressure from the elected representatives. Officials should be able to take independent decisions, he said.

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