MP lokayukta urged not to take extension, leave office

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2015 22:48 IST

Chorus is emerging against the likely continuation of justice (retired) PP Naolekar as Madhya Pradesh lokayukta after his scheduled retirement on June 28.

A former minister, a retired district judge, a retired IPS officer are among those who have asked Naolekar to not accept an extention of service after his tenure of six years, and demit office gracefully.

They have also asked him to recommend to the state government, initiation of the process to appoint his successor.

Congress leader and former minister Dr Govind Singh has written a letter to Naolekar, stating that nowhere in the country there is provision for extension of tenure after retirement, and hence he should leave his office on the day he completes six years in the post.

"The state government had amended the act to give extension to the lokayukta even after the end of tenure but several ministers against whom complaints were made with the lokayukta, and they were party to this cabinet decision. Hence, you should not seek extension. This would be in keeping with the dignity of the office as also the provisions of the Central Lokpal/Lokayukta Act 2013," he writes.

Retired district judge RS Baghel has also written to lokayukta in this regard. He has written, "With a view to maintain highest standards of personal as well as institutional integrity, please don't succumb to any allurement (extension of tenure) from the state government."

Ajay Dubey, a member of Transparency International, has also urged the Lokayukta to retire on June 28 - the day his six year tenture is ending, and not accept further extension. In his letter to lokayukta PP Naolekar, Dubey has asked him to retire on the due day and recommend to the government to initiate the process of appointing the next lokayukta.

"The cabinet had amended the Lokayukta Act last year, according to which if the government doesn't appoint a lokayukta after his six year stint ends, then he can continue at the post for another year. However, nowhere in India the lokayukta has the tenture of more than six years. On moral grounds, you should take retirement," Dubey writes further in the letter.

Retired IPS officer and former director general of special police establishment, lokayukta, Arun Gurtoo said lokayukta organisation was a powerful body which can take cognisance of complaints even against the chief minister.

"In these days of increasing corruption and abuse of authority, any visible loss of impartiality or dignity of this organisation shall shake the confidence of the people in the state government as well as in the ability of the organisation to deliver," writes Gurtoo.

"It would be in the highest traditions of public service and probity that, the head of the organisation, when completing his term of office, withdraws and leaves the office for his successor and does not, even by some small action, give an impression that he wants to continue in office. It is hoped that the present lokayukta, justice PP Naolekar, who retires this month, shall stick to these highest traditions," Gurtoo further writes.

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