Aires-led Jt Front opposes Justice Reddy as Lokayukta

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 14 March 2013 12:08 IST

Aires Rodrigues with Rajesh Marathe, Sudip Tamankar, Trajano D'Mello & Tara Kerkar

Four political parties and NGOs have come together, led by social activist Aires Rodrigues, demanding that Justice B Sudarshan Reddy should not be sworn in as the Lokayukta but sent back home.

The opposition Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena, Goa Suraj Party as well as NGO led by Tara Kerkar and some individuals have come together, terming Justice Reddy’s appointment as illegal.

Adv Rodrigues claimed that Dipak Dhawalikar, president of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, the ruling coalition partner, is also supporting them.

“He has been appointed without following procedure but handpicked by the Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni”, alleges Adv Rodrigues.

They have urged Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo not to administer oath of secrecy to Justice Reddy as the Lokayukta on Saturday.

Calling him not a transparent  and impartial man with integrity, Aires claims that chief minister Manohar Parrikar has finally appointed a ‘Yes Man’ as the Lokayukta.

The banner at the joint press conference in fact said: “No to a Yes Man Lokayukta”.

If sworn in, Adv Rodrigues said they would also challenge it in the high court while also going to the People’s court to get an appropriate person as the Lokayukta.

For following faulty procedures, Adv Rodrigues said the Karnataka high court has quashed one such appointment of Up Lokayukta.

The opposition group has also sought explanation from Justice Reddy whether he had actually suggested the chief minister to bring draconian amendments to the Lokayukta act, which are being opposed.

After passing the Lokayukta amendment bill last month, the Governor has been approached by the Congress as well as Aam Aadmi Party with a request not to give his assent.

As per the records under RTI sought by NCP chief spokesperson Trajano D’Mello, the search committee had rejected all the applications received for Lokayukta post and had handpicked Justice Reddy.

According to Adv Rodrigues, in such a situation, the search committee should have invited suitable names from all the high courts as well as the Supreme Court. 

Adv Rodrigues also alleged that the government, through Governor’s address last month, had misled the people claiming that the infrastructure is ready for the Lokayukta to start their work.

In reality, he said the chief minister now says that the Lokayukta office would be temporarily accommodated at the old education department building and would be then shifted to the old GMC building at Ribandar.

“Even that Ribandar place is shabby”, claims Adv Rodrigues.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Sudip Tamankar, who attended the joint press conference, could not tell the media whether the Congress opposition leader Pratapsing Rane would now withdraw his consent given to the appointment of Lokayukta.

The joint press conference was also attended by NCP chief spokesperson Trajano D’Mell, Shiv Sena spokesperson Rajesh Marathe, Goa Suraj Party president Floriano Lobo, women’s activist Tara Kerkar and former Quepem municipal chairman Raul Pereira.

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Mr Parrikar does what he wants...not what the public wants.

Mr Parrikar thinks he knows the best ...and the Public are fools & know ,the least.

Mr Parrikar chooses & wants PUPPETS & DUMMIES to work with him....The Public want Real people to work for Them.

- N.Fernandes, London | 14 th March 2013 14:14


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