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Modi hides corruption: Gohil

Ahmedabad: Three senior Gujarat Police officers, whose names figured in the Mumbai-based girl Ishrat Jahan’s alleged staged killing case, were transferred on Tuesday, on the Gujarat high court’s orders to prevent them from influencing the investigation.Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Shaktisinh Gohil blamed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the delay in the appointment of Lokayukta in the state and demanded that the governor take action against Modi for this unconstitutional act. Gohil pointed out that the Governor had asked Modi to appoint Justice S D Dave as Lokayukta, but Modi was sitting over the file for over one year.

Citing the provisions of the Lokayukta Act, he said that it makes it clear that Chief Minister or council of ministers had no say in it. Explaining the logic of the provision, Gohil said, this is to safeguard the institution of Lokayukta because Lokayukta has power to investigate against Chief Minister and his ministers. Despite this Modi has not announced the name even after three reminders by the Governor.

Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court had last year suggested the name of Justice S D Dave and as leader of Opposition, Gohil had also given his consent. On the basis of this, Governor had forwarded the name of Justice Dave to the government. But Modi preferred to sit over the file. He claims to be honest. But he is preventing the appointment of Lokayukta. This shows that he is indulging in corruption at a massive scale and all this is to prevent exposure of his multi billion rupee scandals.

Pointing out that under section 3(1) of the Lokayukta Act Governor has all powers to appoint Lokayuka, Gohil demanded that the Governor should assert his right of appointment of Lokayukta invoking powers of Article 355 and in case the need arises, Governor should send a report to the President against Modi under Article 356 for his unconstitutional Act.

He described as false propaganda the statements of government spokespersons painting the Congress as a villain in the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat. Interacting with media Gohil gave details that tore into pieces, the government stand on the issue and established that it was the Chief Minister who has stalled the appointment. This is just because Lokayukta can probe corruption by the Chief Minister and his council of ministers.

For this reason, he said, Gujarat does not have Lokayukta for the past eight years. No appointment has been made since the retirement of Justice S M Soni in 2003.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 10

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