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A Division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice M.S.

Sonak and Justice M.S.Jawalkar will on January 13th

hear the plea by the Goa Government seeking an extension of three months to

fill the vacancy of the Lokayukta.

 

The

High Court on 23rd September last year after hearing a petition

filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues over the failure of the Government to duly

initiate the process of selecting the new Lokayukta had directed the government

to take effective steps to fill up the post of Lokayukta as expeditiously as

possible and in any case within three months which deadline ended on 23rd

December.

 

The

High Court in its order had observed that taking into consideration the mandate

as well as the purpose of enactment of the Lokayukta Act, the vacancy had to be

filled as expeditiously as possible so that the Institution of Goa Lokayukta

functions in the State.

 

The

Government in its application now seeking an extension of three months has

stated that several officials in the Administration of the State have since

September 2020 tested positive  for

COVID-19 including the Chief Minister of Goa.

 

While drawing the attention of the

Court that the Goa Lokayukta Act was enacted to provide for the

establishment of the Institution of Lokayukta to inquire into

grievances and allegations against Public functionaries, Adv. Rodrigues in his

petition filed in August last year had stated that despite being fully aware that

Lokayukta Justice P.K.Misra was due to demit office on 17th September,

the government had done nothing to start the process to look for the

next Lokayukta.

 

 

 

Adv. Rodrigues had further stated

that it appeared that the State Government was not keen to appoint the next Lokayukta so

as to give public officials a free hand to indulge in acts of Corruption and

maladministration and that the functioning of the Lokayukta and the

cases currently pending  before it would come to a grinding halt.

 

 

 

Retired Supreme Court Justice

Sudarshen Reddy was on 8th March 2013 appointed as Goa’s first

Lokayukta who assumed charge on 14th March. Within six months

suddenly on 18th September 2013 Sudarshen Reddy without citing

any reasons left Goa in a huff after tendering his resignation which was

accepted by the Goa Governor on 17th October 2013.

 

 

 

Retired Chief Justice of Patna High

Court Justice P.K.Misra on 24th April 2016 was appointed as

Goa’s second Lokayukta and he assumed charge on 28th of April

2016 while his term ended on 17th September last year with the

post now lying vacant for over three months.

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