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Monday, June 6, 2016

Lokayukta commences hearing on 22 pending cases

PANAJI: State Lokayukta Justice (retd) P K Misra commenced hearing on the 22 cases pending before the Office of the Goa Lokayukta, from Monday.
The sources at the Office of the Goa Lokayukta informed ‘The Navhind Times’ that the first day witnessed two cases being taken up by Justice (retd) Misra, one pertaining to the dual citizenship issue and another one about registration of sale deeds without jurisdiction. The sources further said that the hearing on all pending cases would continue here onwards, with the state Lokayukta taking up, on an average two cases per day.
As per the Goa Lokayukta Act, after investigation of the complaints by the state Lokayukta, if any complaint involving an allegation is substantiated either wholly or partly, the state Lokayukta will send a related report in writing to the competent authority, within a period of ninety days from the date of the completion of inquiry, communicating his findings and recommendations, as far as possible along with the relevant documents, materials, and other evidence. Furthermore, a copy of the report would be submitted to the government.
It may be recalled that Justice (retd) Misra, following his appointment as the state Lokayukta in April 2016 had reviewed the status of all 22 cases pending before the Office of the Lokayukta, since the departure of his predecessor, Justice (retd) B Sudershan Reddy, and further issued fresh notices related to these cases, except those that are either sub-judice or already decided by the court.
The pending cases include a case related to the mining scam, besides one on corruption by government officials, and another one on the recruitment scam at the health as well as other government departments.
Justice (retd) Misra had earlier told this daily that as far as mining is concerned, one matter which had been referred to the Office of the Lokayukta by the government had the previous state Lokayukta seeking some clarification from the government. “So the matter has now gone back to the government,” he had revealed, pointing out, “Therefore, as such that particular matter is not pending with us.”
Former dean of Goa Medical College hospital Dr V N Jindal, ex-additional health secretary Dattaram Sardessai and former director of agriculture department Satish Tendulkar are among those served notices by the Office of the Goa Lokayukta.

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