Loksatta Party opposes GO to dilute investigation against corrupt officials – Demands independent Lok Ayuktha
Friday, February 5th, 2016 @ 5:12PM
Loksatta Party opposes the recent Government Order mandating the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) to proceed in complaints of corruption against government officials only after getting approval of the State government. This is nothing but diluting the powers of the investigation agency. The party views this as a move to centralize the powers to act against corruption under the guise of creating a level playing field.
If the government is serious about public welfare and creating a level playing field for corruption investigation, then it should have excluded higher ranking officers from immunity along with other officers. But enabling immunity for all officials is illogical and unacceptable.
When anti-corruption activists demand time-bound actions and stringent laws to probe corruption complaints, Tamil Nadu government’s order to protect corrupt officials by delaying investigation through another unnecessary bureaucratic process is ridiculous. Tamil Nadu government’s order will cause nepotism and red-tapism in bureaucracy, leading to increased nexus between corrupt politicians and corrupt officials.
It is high time that Tamil Nadu government should form an investigation agency (Lok Ayuktha) at the state level and an ombudsman at the district level. Anti-corruption bodies should be independent and need not get approval from the government. In corruption cases only time-bound action is efficient and waiting for the government’s approval will provide sufficient time for the corrupt to escape.
We would like to remind that Loksatta Party opposed when the Central government tried to dilute Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 by inserting section 17 (A) which is similar to the current order by Tamil Nadu government. The party requested all the MPs to oppose the dilution.
The party reiterates its stance in opposing the government’s order and in demanding an independent LokAyuktha in the state.
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