Amidst protests over the extension of the state lokayukta’s tenure, justice PP Naolekar reached his office on Monday, a day after his six-year tenure as the ombudsman ended. With this it has now been confirmed that the state government has extended the tenure of Naolekar by a year.
The justice, sources said, entered the office through the rear gate in a huff. Before his arrival the police had allegedly packed off the agitators, who had gathered at the spot to register their protest, in police vans.
The agitators claimed that Naolekar had expunged names of several Shivraj Singh Chouhan government ministers against whom there were complaints of corruption before the completion of his official tenure and also given them clean chit.
Earlier, several of activists had gathered outside the office of the lokayukta to express their opposition to the extension of the lokayukta’s tenure.
The agitators, including working committee members of Transparency International, India were arrested by the police under Section 151 of the CrPC.
Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, Satyadev Katare, who is also a member of the three-member committee that decides upon the name of the lokayukta, had also urged the chief minister to initiate process for appointment of a new lokayukta.
But at the behest of chief minister’s secretariat, general administration department had sent a communiqué to the accountant general office last week asking for continuation of salary and perks to the lokayukta beyond June, clearly indicating that justice Naolekar would continue on the post.