NK Premachandran urges Governor not to sign Lok Ayukta ordinance

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Kochi: Days after the Kerala state government decided to bring in an ordinance to curtail the powers of Lok Ayukta, Lok Sabha MP and RSP leader NK Premachandran has written a letter to the Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan urging him to refrain from signing the ordinance.

“The proposed ordinance is against the aims and objectives of the Lok Ayukta Act and is contrary to the preamble and legislative intention. The dilution of Section 14 of the Lok Ayukta Act will dissolve the purpose of the Act itself. The Constitution of India does not provide any protection or immunity to the council of ministers or chief minister from corruption. The contention that the provisions of the Lok Ayukta Act are contrary to the Constitution of India is incorrect and illegal. This contention is raised to overcome the adverse findings which are likely to be passed by the Lok Ayukta in the complaints pending against the chief minister of Kerala and higher education minister,” the MP says in the letter.

The decision of the government is an abuse of power to protect corruption. If the provision that a public servant must vacate the office if directed by Lok Ayukta is diluted, then the very purpose of the act will be defeated and it will amount to the protection of the corrupt, the letter added.

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