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Lokayukta says MP govt stalling probes

Naolekar said he had initiated a probe against 10 ministers after receiving complaints about them

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: August 14, 2013 1:42:35 am

Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta P P Naolekar has embarrassed the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government by going public with his allegation that despite repeated reminders he was not able to get the documents needed to prosecute ministers.

Naolekar said he had initiated a probe against 10 ministers after receiving complaints about them. However,he has been writing to the respective departments and the government seeking certain documents with no avail. He said there was no point filing chargesheets without documentary evidence as the courts will throw out the cases.

In the four years that he has been in office,Naolekar has often been accused of leaving those in position of authority untouched. The Lokayukta said the government can neither pressure nor remove him as he was appointed on a recommendation of the Chief Justice of the High Court for six years and has about two years left.

Naolekar said he should be given more powers like directly initiating prosecution proceedings against ministers and legislators rather than waiting for the government’s sanction. He said the Lokayukta should be vested with powers to serve warrants,seize records or act against NGOs.

Reacting to Naolekar’s comments,Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh dared the government to make public the names of the 10 ministers who are facing probe and provide the Lokayukta the necessary documents within a week.

“Instead of speaking on issues related to Pakistan and China he should tweet on this allegation by the Lokayukta,’’ Singh said,accusing Chouhan of shielding corrupt ministers.

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