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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Hisar, April 20, 2013
People of the state should come forward if they find any senior political leader or bureaucrat indulging in any kind of wrongdoing, feels state Lokayukta justice Pritam Pal (retd).
Addressing members of the district bar association in Hisar on Saturday, the Lokyukta said, "It has been nearly two years in office now and I have received nearly 1,500 complaints of corruption and other improprieties. But there has not been even a single complaint against big fishes, including senior politicians and bureaucrats," he said adding that state's intelligentsia has to play a big role in reporting corruption cases.

The Lokayukta, was here to inspect facilities at the Central Jail, Hisar.

Terming the state Lokayukta office 'not so week', former justice of Punjab and Haryana high court said, "It may not be as good as the Lokayuktas in Maharashtra and Karnataka, but is far better than similar offices of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand."

"I have taken up the case of strengthening the Lokayukta office with the government and it has accepted some recommendations. I have been told that the government is waiting for the passage of model Lokayukta and Lokpal bill, which is with the Rajy Sabha," he said, stressing that the powers of the Lokayukta, taking sue motto cognizance of reports, should be restored in state to instill fear among wrongdoers.

'List out a roadmap to impart moral education on a war footing'

Referring to the recent Delhi rape case and corruption cases, the Lokayukta said that corruption and crime especially crime against women cannot be fought alone with stringent laws.

"They (central government) often say that we need to change the mindset. But I ask, how and who will change the mindset? Do they have done something for that?" he asked adding that government should list out a roadmap for imparting moral education in the country, and it should be implemented on a war footing basis.

"If we take some such steps today, only then can some change be expected in the next 10-15 years," he added.