Referring to chief minister's announcement to hand over corruption cases against politicians and bureaucrats to State Vigilance Commission, BJP chief spokesperson Jitendra Singh said here on Friday any long-term drive against corruption could prove effective only when it started from the top and when the institutions to check corruption like State Accountability Commission (SAC) and State Vigilance Organization (SVO) were made fully autonomous and independent of government control.
They added a legislation should be brought to appoint a state lokayukta and any instrument against corruption like the RTI be allowed all the powers on a par with the central RTI. For a ruling party demanding autonomy from the Centre, it should not be difficult to understand the value of granting autonomy to anti-corruption institutions, he said.
Singh said in order to restore its credibility, the coalition government should be ready for an impartial inquiry in some of the cases alleged to have been mysteriously hushed up after clean chit from government's self- appointed inquiry commissions.
These include the case of Haji Yousuf Shah who died under mysterious circumstances after alleging that huge money exchanged hands in lieu of a seat as MLC or a berth as minister and the Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) scam which involved not only embezzlement but also forgery by way of unauthorised withdrawals from official accounts, he added.
Singh said, people are keenly watching coalition government's declared intent to root out corruption and this was going to be an important issue in the forthcoming elections in the state.