Maharashtra chief minister to come under Lokayukta
The Devendra Fadnavis-led state government plans to bring the chief minister under the jurisdiction of the Lokayukta, but with a few riders.mumbai Updated: Jan 29, 2019 23:22 IST
The Devendra Fadnavis-led state government plans to bring the chief minister under the jurisdiction of the Lokayukta, but with a few riders.
Currently, section 7 of the Maharashtra Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayuktas Act, 1971 allows the anti-corruption ombudsman to scrutinise elected representatives such as ministers, local body members and public servants, but exempts the CM.
The state cabinet on Tuesday cleared a proposal to allow complaints to be filed against a sitting chief minister. The Lokayukta, however, cannot conduct a probe against a sitting CM.
“A Lokayukta inquiry can be initiated only after the chief minister has demitted office, that too with the approval of the governor. The inquiry has to be in-camera,” said Sitaram Kunte, additional chief secretary, general administration department (services).
Social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who has been making the demand for long, said, “Acts are amended in Vidhan Bhavan. It will become a law only after the Vidhan Bhavan clears it.”
The bill will be tabled in the next session of the state Assembly in February.
First Published: Jan 29, 2019 23:18 IST