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UP Lokayukta gets eight-year term

The Uttar Pradesh government introduced UP Lokyaukta and Deputy Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2012 which proposes to increase the tenure of the Lokayukta and deputy Lokayukta from the present five to eight years.

Now, if any complainant is found making false charges he could be fined up to Rs 50,000. The affected government employee, against whom the fake complaint is lodged would also receive cash compensation from the fine collected by the Lokayukta from the petitioner.

Besides, the government has hiked the petition fee 100 per cent from the existing Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000.

The state government had already brought an Ordinance in March last to extend the term of the present Lokayukta  Justice [Retd] N K Mehrotra to eight years after his term expired on 15 March on completion of five years. State Parliamentary Affairs minister Mohammad Azam Khan piloted the bill in the state assembly here on Thursday.

The bill is likely to be passed on Friday.
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