Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna today showered lavish praise on Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin, describing him as person of high integrity and one committed to his job.
Addressing the Eleventh Lokayukta Conference, in presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, Khanna complimented Sarin for his "honest work" though some of his orders were not agreed to by either him or the Delhi government.
"I compliment him for his honest work. He has been making honest efforts in discharing his duties. He has been receptive to the complaints. Probably he is the best Lokayukta Delhi has had," Khanna said.
Justice Sarin, in the last couple of years, had issued a number of orders against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other public functionaries.
The Delhi Lokayukta and Upalokayukta Act was enacted in the year 1995 and the first Lokayukta was appointed in December 1997.
In his address, Justice Sarin referred to the "history of struggle" behind holding the conference, indirectly referring to the Delhi government's initial reluctance in allowing the Lokayukta to organise the event.
"It need not be gone into as one should only look and move forward. However, I must acknowledge the principled support received from Shri Tejendra Khanna Ji, Lt Governor Delhi, for holding of the conference," he said.
Dikshit, who has been critical of the Lokayukta for some of his orders, was invited to the event but chose not to attend it.
Justice Sarin said the institution of Lokayukta in Delhi remained in the "abyss of anonymity" for a decade or so and people got to know about it after an awareness campaign was launched in 2009.