CM chairs meeting for TN Lok Ayukta

CM chairs meeting for TN Lok Ayukta

The meeting for constituting a search committee for appointing Chairman and members of Lok Ayukta in Tamil Nadu was convened at the Secretariat in Chennai on Friday.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal took part. Leader of Opposition M K Stalin did not take part in the meeting.

Stalin on Thursday announced that he would not participate in the December 28 meeting called to constitute the search committee to find chairman and members (Panel of Persons) for the Lok Ayukta in Tamil Nadu.

In a statement, Stalin, a member of the selection committee, said he had pointed out the shortcomings when the Lokayukta Bill was introduced in Assembly.

“But my objections were ignored and the Bill was passed in a hurried manner. The rules framed in the Bill will not help eradicating corruption and pave way for transparent investigation,” he said in a letter to Dr S Swarna, secretary, Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department.

In November, the Tamil Nadu government had notified rules under the Lok Ayukta Act which provide for inquiries to be held in-camera, and preclude disclosure of the identities of the complainant and public functionary, drawing criticism from the opposition which wants the provisions scrapped. The proceedings also cannot be disclosed to public or the press.

“Every inquiry shall be conducted in private and in particular the identity of the complainant and of the public functionary affected by the inquiry shall not be disclosed to the public or the press or published in any manner whether before, during or after the inquiry,” Section 26 of the rules said.