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Cong questions delay in Lokayukta appointment in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Opposition Wednesday accused the of delay in appointment of Lokayukta.

Odisha also criticised the NDA government at the Centre for not appointing a Lokayukta.

"The time frame given by for appointment of Lokayukta in Odisha has expired. But did not carry out the order to root out corruption," Patnaik said in a statement.

"The matter is pending with and Odisha had filed an affidavit on April 12 in this regard. Based on the fact, ordered the to complete the appointment process by July 10," he said.

Patnaik further said that on July 11, Odisha chief secretary filed the status report in the

"As per that, the Supreme Court gave just two months time to appoint Lokayukta. But the state has also failed in making appointment. No steps have been taken in this regard," the OPCC alleged.

He said, the led had enacted Lokpal and Lokayukta legislation in 2013. The Act would bring the Chief Minister, ex-CMs, other ministers and public servants under the purview of a six-member anti-corruption body to be headed by either a sitting or former

Stating that the used to talk about transparency in the administration, OPCC said: "One of the former senior ministers of the Damodar Rout has put forth so many corruption allegations. Even has been biased and controlled by a "

But the has not taken any step to enquire in to allegations made by his own party MLA Damodor Rout, he said.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 18:05 IST