The Delhi high court on Friday asked the Centre to take a decision within three months on a petition seeking setting up of Lokayukta in all the states of the country.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal asked the law ministry to treat the petition, filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, as a representation and to take a decision within three months.
The court’s order came after Central government standing counsel Jasmeet Singh said that Upadhyay’s representation has been received by the ministry and the issue raised by him is under consideration. He sought time for arriving at a decision.
Upadhyay, who is also a BJP spokesperson, has sought enactment of a Lokayukta Bill as a model legislation so that there is a strong Lokayukta in all the states of the country.
He has contented that Parliament, on August 27, 2011, had unanimously adopted the Sense of the House Resolution as per which it was agreed to put in place a Citizen Charter, to bring the lower bureaucracy under Lokpal through an appropriate mechanism, and to establish Lokayukta in the States.
“An effective, impartial, independent and strong Lokayukta in States is necessary to curb corruption and redressal of citizen’s grievances related to corruption in a time-bound manner,” he said in his petition.