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Single law to check corruption favoured

Hot topic: Lok Satta Party president Jayaprakash Narayan at the roundtable discussion on Lokpal and Lokayukta in Hyderabad on Thursday. — PHOTO: G. Krishnaswamy

Hot topic: Lok Satta Party president Jayaprakash Narayan at the roundtable discussion on Lokpal and Lokayukta in Hyderabad on Thursday. — PHOTO: G. Krishnaswamy  

Roundtable all for creation of effective Lokpal and Lokayukta at Centre and State levels

Speakers at a roundtable meet organised by Lok Satta and the Foundation for Democratic Reforms here on Thursday favoured a single legislation to check corruption and for creation of strong and effective Lokpal and Lokayukta institutions at the Centre and State levels.

The meet, however, suggested several changes in the Lokpal Bill 2011 already introduced in Parliament including bringing the Prime Minister's office under its purview. They also stressed the need for similar mechanism for local bodies as there was no mention of it in the Bill.

Seamless integration

Founder of Lok Satta N. Jayaprakash Narayan said in his opening remarks that it was the second roundtable on the issue after the one held in Delhi on April 24. The meet was being held to consider some serious issues missing in the Bill including seamless integration of the Central Vigilance Commission and State Vigilance Commissioners with Lokpal/Loayukta, bringing Chief Ministers under Lokayukta jurisdiction and making anti-corruption agencies like CBI and ACB autonomous.

Initiating the debate, former Lokayukta of Andhra Pradesh R. Ramanujam pointed out that the existing Lokayukta Act in the State was lacking powers and many of its reports (judgments) were not implemented by the government. He preferred the Chief Minister to be brought under the new law and the institution had to be vested with powers like confiscation of properties of corrupt elected representatives and officers. A provision for implementation of reports was also required, he felt.

Former Chief Secretary and State Election Commissioner K. Madhava Rao suggested inclusion of local bodies in the new law and broadening of the definition of corruption including the failure to stop wasteful public expenditure. Senior advocate Pratap Reddy said the constitution did not conceive exemption for any office from being probed on corruption charges.

Former IAS and IPS officers, K. Padmanabaiah, Kamal Kumar, P.S. Rammohan Rao and C. Anjaneya Reddy favoured free hand for investigating agencies to check corruption. Chukka Ramaiah, educationist, T. Hanuman Chowdary, Telecommunications expert and others suggested creation of awareness among public and constitution of the national judicial commission to probe the judges.

Briefing reporters later, Mr. Jayaprakash Narayan stated that the Lokpal Bill introduced in Parliament was almost on the expected lines except a few shortcomings. He announced a 13-member panel to formulate and articulate the arguments before the parliamentary committee on the Lokpal issue.





  • Changes suggested in the Lokpal Bill 2011 already introduced in Parliament
  • Need for similar mechanism at local bodies as there is no mention of it in Bill

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