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Govt. should explain what would be the role of lokayukta Ambadas Joshi demands Aires

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Panaji: Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today demanded that the Government should clarify what role the newly appointed Lokayukta retired Justice Ambadas Joshi would play given that those controversial amendments to the Goa Lokayukta Act in January this year had rendered the Lokayukta totally redundant and absolutely powerless.
Stating that the Lokayukta’s post would now be a mere retirement holiday which Ambadas Joshi who is now 70 will merrily enjoy for three years as the retirement age is 73 with no duties to discharge while only further burdening an already debt ridden State Exchequer.
Alleging that the BJP had selected Ambadas Joshi because of his RSS links, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that Ambadas Joshi should have taken the high moral ground and followed in the steps of retired Justice U.V.Bakre who declined to be a toothless Goa Lokayukta.
Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that the appointment of Ambadas Joshi resembles the manner by which in 2013 Leena Mehendale suddenly surfaced from Maharashtra to be appointed as Goa’s Chief Information Commissioner.
Adv. Rodrigues has expressed dismay that the Aurangabad based Ambadas Joshi despite knowing well that he had no powers as Lokayukta chose to assume charge of the post and that too in the midst of the current pandemic only demonstrating that he was very desperate to have a long holiday in Goa with perks at the cost of the State Exchequer even if the Chair had no powers.
Pointing out that Goa is immersed in rampant corruption and gross maladministration, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it is an irony that we now in Ambadas Joshi have a powerless Lokayukta on a state sponsored vacation for three long years.
Adv. Rodrigues has also stated that in the given circumstances no worthy Judge having any self respect  would have accepted the post of Goa Lokayukta to occupy what is now just a farcical position by way of a powerless Chair only with Pay and Perks but as a lame duck Lokayukta dancing to the tunes of those in Power.
Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that it is a criminal waste of taxpayer’s money to the tune of an annual 1.8 crores in further running the Institution of the Goa Lokayukta serving no meaningful purpose whatsoever with the Lokayukta stripped of all the  powers.

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