The Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill 2014 was tabled in the Assembly amid protests from BJP members who questioned the need of replacing the Lokayukta Act passed by the previous BJP government headed by B C Khanduri.
Leader of Opposition Ajay Bhatt said there was no need to replace the Act. “Khanduriji had made it a powerful institution to put an effective check on corruption. The previous bill has already become an Act. This is very unfortunate that the state tabled the new Bill in the house on the same day it was announced that previous Bill has become an Act,” Bhatt said.
The Assembly secretariat had said the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill, 2011 has become Act number 27 of 2013 after getting presidential assent on September 3.
Bhatt added that the state government is “rewriting history” by tabling the Bill to replace an Act in force for the last four months. “Government could have made amendments to the Act drafted during the tenure of former chief minister B C Khanduri. There was no need to table the new Bill,” he told The Indian Express.