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Delhi Lokayukta seeks more power, govt rejects it

In a snub to the Lokayukta, Delhi Government has rejected its demand for bringing civil servants under its jurisdiction to carry out investigations into allegations of corruption against them.

delhi Updated: Mar 24, 2010 21:08 IST

In a snub to the Lokayukta, Delhi Government has rejected its demand for bringing civil servants under its jurisdiction to carry out investigations into allegations of corruption against them.

The Lokayukta, in its latest report to the Government, had sought an amendment to the Delhi Lokayukta Act, 1995, seeking power to conduct probe into cases relating to corruption involving government officials.

The government rejected the demand saying the institution of Lokayukta was set up only to conduct inquiry into allegations against public functionaries and not civil servants.

The suggestion of the Lokayukta is not sustainable because civil servants are already under the jurisdiction of Central Vigilance Commission, the CBI and they can even be prosecuted under various laws including the Prevention of Corruption Act after getting approval from the Lt Governor, the city government said in its action taken report (ATR).

The ATR was tabled in the assembly on Monday by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

"Being a union territory, the CBI has automatic jurisdiction to investigate corruption charges against civil servants in Delhi unlike in other states where prior approval of the state government is required," the ATR stated.

To another demand that it be given the power to conduct searches to carrying out investigations against public functionaries, the Government said agencies like CBI are equipped with the power and there was no need to extend such authority to the Lokayukta.

The report filed by Justice Mohd Shamim said that to deal with the rising complaints of corruption against government officials, the Lokayukta should be given powers to recommend for removal of public servants found involved in corrupt practices.

Seeking more power, the report had said "there is no enforceability of the recommendations of the Lokayukta as his report is only recommendatory in nature."

To a suggestion that elected representatives should declare their assets on assumption of their office, Delhi Government rejected that too saying they file an affidavit declaring their assets at the time of filing nominations.

Shamim, who retired last year, had submitted the report to the government in 2008.