A day after Delhi Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, wrote to Arvind Kejriwal, asking him to expedite the process of finalising the list of new Lokayukta( Anti-Corruption Ombudsman), the Delhi chief minister has reportedly sent the names of five former judges for the post.
The AAP government, while sending the list to the Chief Justice of Delhi Court, stressed the need or an amendment to the existing Lokayukta Act.
Jung had recently written to Kejriwal asking him to send a panel of names for the post of Lokayukta without any delay.
“Government has recently sent the panel of five names of candidates for the post of Lokayukta to Delhi High Court’s Chief Justice,” news agency PTI quoted anonymous government sources as saying.
Delhi hasn’t had any Lokayukta since 2013. Delhi High Court, on an earlier occasion, had said that it would be better if the government appointed the lokayukta quickly. Arvind Kejriwal government, which assumed office in February this year, had assured the court that it was ‘committed to implementing the Lokayukta act.’
A Lokayukt, under the existing act, is appointed after consultations with the chief justice of the high court and the leader of the opposition.
The leader of opposition in Delhi assembly, Vijendra Gupta had recently attacked the state government accusing them to propose the name of Justice AP Shah, Law Commission’s Chairman, without following due procedure. Shah had later declined the government’s offer.
There are reports that the Delhi government may soon call a Special Session of Assembly to amend the existing Lokayukta and Upa Lokayukta Act as it feels the current legislation does not give the Lokayukta power to punish the corrupt.