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Goa govt mulls amendments in Lokayukta Bill

The Goa government on Tuesday proposed some amendments to the controversial state Lokayukta Bill, which had been earlier referred back to the Legislative assembly by Governor B V Wanchoo.

The draft bill, which has been circulated among the members of the legislative assembly, is yet to be tabled.

According to Clause 8 of the Bill, the Lokayukta could penalise a complainant, if the former found (at the time of admission) that the complaint being filed was ‘false, frivolous and vexatious’. However, this clause has been completely deleted in the draft bill.

The government has proposed to scale down to Rs 10,000 to Rs one lakh the penalty amount from Rs one lakh to Rs 10 lakh that was earlier mentioned in the bill. The amount has to be paid if it is found that the complaint is false and vexatious.

There was objection to this provision by people who felt that the government was trying to discourage people from filing complaints before the Lokayukta. In yet another amendment, the government has also proposed to change the word ‘deemed rejected’ to ‘deemed accepted’.
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