Kochi : Opposition Leader interprets the new ordinance saying it is state government’s move to dilute Lokayukta powers. In his letter to the Governor, he further signs to not sign the ordinance.
The ordinance removed condition that only retired Chief Justice of High Court or Supreme Court judge shall be Lokayukta judge and have just any High Court retired judge on the Bench instead.
Law Minister P Rajeev countered the argument saying the ordinance has been prepared on basis of expert advice and study of Lokyukta rules in other states especially Karntaka that influenced contours of our own Lokyukta. The ordinance is perfectly in keeping with the constitutional provisions and law, the minister clarified.