Odisha Lokayukta appeals people to make State corruption-free

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Lokayukta chairperson Justice Ajit Singh on Monday urged the people of the state to make Odisha a corruption-free state by filing complaints against corrupt government officials directly.

Addressing a press meet, Justice Singh said, the people of the state should not become victims of corruption and should file complaints against government officials involved in graft. The Lokayukta further informed that as many as 592 cases were received from the previous Lokpal, out of which 62 were rejected, while 476 cases involving personal grievances have been sent to the government. As many as 28 cases are sub-judice.

Singh, the former Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, was appointed as the first Lokayukta of Odisha on March 2, 2019, following the recommendation of the State government’s selection committee.

The selection committee headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and others, including the then Opposition leader Narasingha Mishra, Assembly Speaker Pradip Amat, Orissa High Court Chief Justice K S Jhaveri and former Supreme Court judge Ananga Patnaik unanimously recommended the name of Singh for the post.

Odisha was the first State to pass the Lokayukta Bill in the Assembly in February 2014.