The Lokayukta on Wednesday informed the Madhya Pradesh high court that investigations pertaining to alleged corruption charges are underway against one ex-minister, eight IAS officers, two IPS officers, one Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, three state administrative service (SAS) officers and one state police services (SPS) officer .
The investigation is in an advanced stage in the case of former minister Anoop Mishra, the respondent Lokayukta’s reply to the petitioner’s application said.
The petitioner PG Najpandey had moved the plea in the previous hearing seeking current status of pending cases against ministers and the IAS officers in which investigation is underway.
The petitioner also sought information from the Lokayukta whether it has decided any time frame to complete the inquiry.
The Lokayukta’s reply said, “There is no statutory time prescribed under MP Lokayukta Evam Up-Lokayukta Adhiniyam or rules to complete the inquiry. Rushing through investigations is not desirable as it may lead to action which may not be in public interest,” the reply said.
“Yet it is the endeavor of the Lokayukta to complete the inquiries as soon as possible,” the respondent’s reply said.
The petitioner argued the inquiry against former minister Anoop Mishra is pending since 2007. In the matter of IAS officers the inquiry is pending in span of six to 18 years varying from case to case, he said. The petitioner said the long span of inquiry might affect the investigation.
A division bench comprising justices Rajendra Menon and SK Palo after taking on record the Lokayukta reply adjourned the hearing for eight weeks.
The court said, “In the meanwhile the respondents may indicate to the court what steps have been taken with regard to the petitioner’s concern about delay in the inquiry into the cases.”
Furthermore the court said, “In case the petitioner wants any specific action to be taken in a particular case he is at liberty to file an appropriate application.”
Najpandey had filed the petition seeking direction to the Lokayukta to expedite the inquiry into charges of corruption against the minister and officers.