17, Sep 2012
The Goa Peoples Forum has demanded in its email addressed by its Convenor Shri Satish Sonak to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that Section 10(1)(iii) be deleted from Goa Lokayukta Act 2011 by way of amendment. The GPF has pointed out that ‘the Shah Commission Report (Part I) at its Chapter 26 titled ‘Summary and Recommendations’ has specifically stated (in ground ZZ Page 200) that ‘violations of MM(DR) Act and the Rules are mainly after 2000 onwards.’
The GPF intends to complain to the Lokayukta that aforesaid violations spanning over period of 12 years amount to corruption. The GPF is afraid that such complaint will not be entertained by Lokayukta by quoting Section 10(1)(iii) of The Goa Lokayukta Act 2011 which provides that the Lokayukta ‘shall not investigate any complaint involving an allegation of corruption made after the expiry of a period of 5 years from the date on which the matter or conduct complained against is alleged to have taken place.’
The GPF has foreseen that it is open to proposed Lokayukta to refuse to entertain a complaint from Goa People’s Forum and / or from any other person or body opposing corruption on the ground that complainant has not shown a sufficient cause for not making a complaint within said period of 5 years. Even if a Lokayukta is appointed in the year 2012 the existence of above referred Section 10(1)(iii) implies that the corruption in between 2000 to 2007 will not be investigated by Lokayukta and therefore will remain unpunished and only complaints pertaining to the 5 years period between 2007 to 2012 will be entertained.
GPF therefore has requested to CM to make at the earliest a public statement clarifying willingness to accept the request of deleting the offending limitation clause which creates a unnecessary road block. The GPF has stated that if Chief Minister is really opposed to corruption he will give hundred percent priority to carry out this amendment.