India Against Corruption (IAC) has urged Goa Governor B. V. Wanchoo to withhold his assent to the recently amended Goa Lokayukta Act, saying some clauses in the legislation might render the anti-corruption ombudsman a “toothless” entity.

“Section 16 (A) in the amended Act, which says a Minister may resign if found guilty by Lokayukta should be replaced with the word ‘shall’. The existing amendment makes the entire body a toothless one,” IAC activists resolved in their meeting held here on Saturday.

The Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government during the recent Assembly session passed the Goa Lokayukta (First Amendment) Bill, 2013, which has also prescribed a substantial penalty for false complaints.

IAC also demanded that another clause in the Goa Lokayukta Bill pertaining to the arrest of a Minister if found guilty be made non-bailable.

The Chief Minister while defending the amendments had said that the changes were made based on the recommendations by Justice (Retd) B. Sudarshan Reddy.

“The Governor would be requested not to give assent to the amended Bill. We also want that the Governor should seek clarification from Mr. Justice Reddy”, said IAC convenor for Goa Valmiki Naik.

He demanded that Mr. Parrikar should convene a special session of the Legislative Assembly to discuss the issue.

“The Government has claimed that the amendments were in line with the Uttarakhand Lokayukta, but it is absolutely wrong,” he alleged. - PTI

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