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Most cases in Lokpal not under its purview, says chairman Pinaki Chandra Ghose

Lokpal chairman Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose. File

Lokpal chairman Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose. File   | Photo Credit: M. Murali

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Stating that the Lokpal would function from a new office soon, its chairman Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose said, “We are in a position to start our work.”

Most of the cases filed in the Lokpal were disposed of as they were not coming under its purview or the jurisdiction, its chairman Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose said on January 12.

Over 1,100 cases have been received before the one-year-old Lokpal and the members sat, discussed and found that the most of the cases were not coming under its jurisdiction or act and disposed of, Mr. Ghose told reporters in Coimbatore.

However, the people who had filed the cases were told to process their cases in the particular committee or institutions to get their allegations resolved for their own benefit, he said.

“Any other allegation and grievances, we will arrange to take up and there is no difficulty to carry on with full swing,” he said.

Stating that the Lokpal would function from a new office from January-end or the first week of February, Mr. Ghose said, “We are in a position to start our work.”

To a question whether Lokpal can take up suo moto cases such as the one in which a Congress MLA from Puducherry charged his own party-ruled government with corruption, Mr. Ghose said the matter has not been formulated yet and as and when the matter comes they would decide.

He said that an awareness should be created on Lokpal by the people, particularly the media.

Mr. Ghose, earlier addressing the 31st convocation of Avanashilingam University for Women, exhorted the students to crave for learning with application of knowledge in the uplift of down-trodden people and betterment of society.

It was the power of the youth, which must rise to the challenge to achive the targets of eradication of poverty, health for all, education of all, power for all and higher living standards for all, Mr. Ghose said.

A total of 2,095 students of Ph.D., postgraduate and undergraduate received the degrees at the convocation.

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