RTI reveals the number cases before Kerala Lokayukta on decline

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Kochi: The cases filed with Kerala Lok Ayukta have been declining over the years, shows the reply to an RTI query.

MK Haridas, a human rights activist and president of civic organisation Proper Channel, Ernakulam, was informed that complaints in 2020 were just one fourth compared to that of in 2019.

As on March 31, the number of cases before Lok Ayukta in the year 2022 is 16. In the years 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016, the numbers were 227, 205, 1057, 1578, 1631 and 1264, respectively. Here is the year-wise chart on number of cases before the Lok Ayukta and those resolved by the body from 2016 to 2022 (till March 31).

The information comes at a time when the state government has come with up amendments to Kerala Lok Ayukta Act, 1999 (Act 8 of 1999), which according to the Opposition and RTI activists dilute the powers of the anti-corruption body.

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