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Bihar Lokayukta backs Hegde's decision to quit

patna Updated: Jul 02, 2010 15:15 IST

Backing Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde's decision to resign, his Bihar counterpart RN Prasad on Friday said there was no justification in continuing in office if the state government fails to cooperate in implementing the agency's decisions.

"I endorse the resignation of Hegde. There is no justification for continuing in the office of Lokayukta if one fails to yield positive response from the state government for implementing the decisions of their office," Justice Prasad, a retired Patna High Court judge, told PTI.

Hegde had on June 23 resigned as Lokayukta of Karnataka complaining that he lacked powers to take certain cases to their logical conclusion.

He said if the law has been enacted to take care of complaints and allegations against Loksevaks, then it should be enforced "in letter and spirit".

He said lack of infrastructural facilities, including paucity of manpower, were responsible for the delay in disposal of cases.

"I have written to Governor D Konwar for increasing manpower," Justice Prasad said.

Talking about the complaints and allegations against public servants, Justice Prasad said there was awareness among the people in Bihar about the act and a lot of them had registered complaints and allegations.

He said the Nitish Kumar-led government would "sooner or later" implement the decisions of his office.

"When I took over the charge on August 25, 2006, around 2500 cases were pending in the offices of Lokayukta. Though 900 cases were disposed of in 2007, but the number of fresh cases increased to 4,000."

Similarly, the complaints cases further increased to about 7000 and 8000 in 2008 and 2009, respectively, he said.

"We have so far been able to dispose of around 5,000 cases," he said and pointed out that the number of cases increased because of growing awareness and justice people started receiving from the offices of Lokayukta here.

He replied in the affirmative as to whether the state government was cooperating with his office and implementing the decisions taken on the complaints against public servants.

Justice Prasad suggested amendment to the existing Lokayukta Act saying Lokayukta should be empowered for raids and search operations.

Besides, the act be amended to facilitate the office of Lokayukta to try contempt in the event of the failure to implement its decisions, he said.