The Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra ( RLEK), a leading NGO here, has sought inclusion of Governors and Lt Governors within the ambit of the proposed Lokpal Bill that the Government plans to introduce in Parliament in the monsoon session.
Talking to reporters on Tuesday, RLEK chairman Avdhash Kaushal said instances of Raj Bhavan incumbents using unfair means and pressure to pool in huge amounts of funds and precious lands in NGOs floated by them after taking over as Governor or Lt Governor were not rare.
Saying that the recent controversy involving Puducherry Lt. Governor Iqbal Singh who started an NGO (after becoming Lt. Governor) with his two sons, Officer on Special duty and another staff in the governing body was just the tip of an iceberg, Mr Kaushal accused the former Uttarakhand Governor Sudershan Aggarwal of having started his NGO, Himjyoti Foundation, with the Raj Bhavan shown as its headquarters.
Mr. Aggarwal not only collected huge funds from the Government but also facilitated allotment of huge tracts of land to private individuals who ‘donated' liberally to his NGO, said Mr. Kaushal. The Himjyoti Foundation received over Rs.20 crore as grant during Mr Aggarwal's tenure as Governor, he added.
“This loot of the treasury by the mighty and the unscrupulous must end and the Lokpal Bill should serve as the beginning of the end of loot of the nation,” Mr Kaushal said.