BJP opposes removal of CJ from Lokayukta selection panel

BJP opposes removal of CJ from Lokayukta selection panel

download (4)Lucknow, Jul 19- Hitting out at the Uttar Pradesh government, the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party today said the government’s attempt to remove Chief Justice of High Court from the panel that selects Lokayukta was "undemocratic and an attempt to block transparency." "It has come to our knowledge that UP government wants a change in Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Act and therefore has brought an amendment. This amendment would ensure that Chief Justice is kept out of the committee that selects Lokayukta," BJP state president Laxmi Kant Bajpai said in a statement issued here. The committee that selects Loakyukta comprises Chief Minister, Leader of Opposition and Chief Justice of High Court as members. He said, "this decision of the government indicates that it wants to end transparency in the selection process. The government wants to appoint person of its choice therefore has proposed a clause to keep Chief Justice out of the selection committee." "What purpose will it serve?" asks BJP chief. "Presence of Chief Justice of High Court would ensure that an honest person would take charge as the new Lokayukta. By keeping him out of the selection panel, the government is allowing others to raise questions at its selection," Dr Bajpai said. He said the Akhilesh Yadav government wants a hand-picked Lokayukta who can turn a blind eye to the corruption charges against the ministers of the Samajwadi Party government. Mr Yadav had promised to take action against corrupt BSP ministers but in his over three year rule not a single action has been taken against them, he said After the High Court has ordered a CBI probe against Yadav Singh, the Samajwadi Party government is now skating on thin ice. The CB-CID had given Yadav Singh a clean chit and even the present Lokayukta did not find anything wrong in Yadav Singh’s deals. The CBI probe should focus on them too, he said. Dr Bajpai said BJP will oppose this Bill in the House whenever it is placed in the State Assembly. "The government might get it passed in the House because of sheer majority it enjoys but we would request Governor Ram Naik not to sign UP Lokayukta Amendment Bill," he said.

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