Lok Ayukta: Satheesan says it is a trade-off between CM and Governor

Thiruvananthapuram: After Governor Arif Mohammed Khan signed the ordinance to the Kerala Lok Ayukta Act, leader of Opposition V.D. Satheesan said, this is nothing but a trade-off between Vijayan and the Governor as reports have surfaced that a file appointing a BJP leader at Khan's office is with Vijayan.

"This is a trade-off and the news is there were middlemen engaged in working out this. Vijayan will now go down in history as the one who tweaked this anti-corruption body. Through this the biggest beneficiary is Vijayan himself (there was a case before Lokayukta against him on handling the Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund)," said Satheesan and added that the green flag to do corruption has now been put up.

Satheesan said this tweaking is being said that Sec 14 of this Act is unconstitutional, but such a thing has not been said by any court at all and even the second biggest party -- the CPI in the ruling Left has by now on umpteen occasions said none knows why was there a hurry in an Ordinance.

"Through this tweaking the Lok Ayukta can only bark and cannot bite and through this corruption can go forward unabated. We will seek legal recourse on this amendment," added Satheesan.

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