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Odisha Lokayukta’s New Rule To Protect Identity Of Accused Sparks Controversy
PPE Kit Scam: Odisha Vigilance Submits Preliminary Report To Lokayukta

Bhubaneswar: The Vigilance department on Tuesday submitted a preliminary report to Odisha Lokayukta in connection with the multi-crore Covid-19 PPE kits and masks procurement irregularities. A three-member bench will take up the matter for hearing on March 26, informed complainants Sushant Padhi and Sudarsan Das. Padhi, the chairman of Odisha Bikash Parishad and Das, a […]

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Odisha:  HC Quashes Lokayukta Order For Vigilance Probe Against MLA Pradeep Panigrahi

Cuttack: In a significant development, the Orissa High Court on Wednesday quashed a Lokayukta order for Vigilance inquiry into the corruption allegations levelled against Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi who had been arrested last year by the Crime Branch in connection with a cheating case involving Akash Pathak, son of tainted IFS officer Abhay Pathak. Hearing […]

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CM Naveen Patnaik’s Big Announcement: Property Details of Party Leaders To Be Out In Public Domain

Bhubaneswar: Head of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Naveen Patnaik said that the property details of all party functionaries, including himself, would soon be uploaded on internet platforms so as to make them available before the people of the State for scrutiny. “Right from Sarpanchs to Chairmen at Block levels, Zilla Parishad Presidents, MLAs, Ministers […]

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Lokayukta Asks Vigilance To Probe Corruption Charges Against MLA Pradeep Panigrahi

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Lokayukta on Friday directed State Vigilance Directorate to probe into the corruption allegations levelled against Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi who was recently arrested by the Crime Branch for his alleged links with IFS officer Abhay Pathak and his son Akash. The directive came after the anti-corruption watchdog accepted the recommendations of Odisha […]

Odisha Among Only 4 States To Appoint Judicial, Non-Judicial Members Of Lokayukta
Odisha Among Only 4 States To Appoint Judicial, Non-Judicial Members Of Lokayukta

New Delhi: Odisha, Bihar, Manipur, and Tamil Nadu are among the only four states that have appointed judicial and non-judicial members of anti-corruption ombudsman Lokayukta, according to a Transparency International India report. The report issued on the eve of International Anti-Corruption Day analyses the working of Lokayukta (state-level ombudsman) in the country, seven years after […]

Odisha Lokayukta’s New Rule To Protect Identity Of Accused Sparks Controversy
PPE Kit Scam: Odisha Lokayukta Orders Vigilance Probe

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Lokayukta has directed the State Vigilance wing to investigate into the alleged scam in the purchase of PPE kits and masks by the Odisha Government, running into crores of rupees from the State exchequer. The vigilance department has been asked to complete the preliminary investigation and submit a report in this regard […]

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Odisha CM Recommends Lokayukta Probe Into Allegations Against Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday referred the corruption allegations against Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi to Lokayukta for a detailed investigation. As per reports, it is the first corruption allegation referred by the State government to Lokayukta after its creation. It is pertinent to mention here that the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) […]

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PPE ‘Scam’: IAS officer Hemant Sharma, MD OSMCL Appear Before Odisha Lokayukta

Bhubaneswar: Two senior IAS officers – Industries Secretary Hemant Sharma and Managing Director of the Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited Yamini Sarangi – appeared before the Lokayukta for hearing in connection with the alleged corruption in the purchase of PPE kits and masks by the Odisha government, on Monday. Meanwhile, the Lokayukta expressed its displeasure […]

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River Embankment Damage: BJD MLA Among 6 Served Notice By Odisha Lokayukta

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Lokayukta has issued a notice to six persons including a legislator of the ruling-BJD in connection with a complaint filed by an RTI activist wherein serious allegations have been made regarding the destruction of irrigation embankment from Gokarneswar to Budhalinga Majhipada road in Jajpur district during floods that led to inundation of […]

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PPE Scam: 2 Senior IAS Officers Appear Before Lokayukta

Bhubaneswar: Senior IAS officers Hamant Sharma and Yamini Sarangi appeared before the Lokayukta Monday to plead their cases in connection with an alleged scam in the purchase of PPE kits in Odisha. Hemant Sharma, the former head of the state level purchase committee and Sarangi who was the Managing Director of Odisha State Medical Corporation […]

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Odisha Lokayukta Wants Vigilance Under Its Control

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Lokayukta, the State’s highest anti-corruption ombudsman organization has expressed interest to take over the reins of the State Vigilance department. Issuing its first annual report, the Lokayukta has said that it will function more effectively in curbing corruption, if the Directorate of Vigilance of the Government which is currently under the ambit of […]

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PPE 'Scam’: IAS Officer Hemant Sharma Fails To Depose Before Odisha Lokayukta

Bhubaneswar: The hearing on the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in COVID-19 PPE kit procurement, which was scheduled to held at the office of the Odisha Lokayukta today, was postponed. Official sources said that the hearing was rescheduled as Hemant Sharma, the then chairman of the COVID-19 procurement committee, failed to depose before the Lokayukta […]

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Odisha Lokayukta Has Received 216 Complaints

Bhubaneswar: Anti-corruption ombudsman Lokayukta in Odisha has received 216 complaints against public servants since it started functioning around five months ago. The state Lokayukta started functioning from March 20, 2019 after Ajit Singh joined as its chairperson. “At present, a total of 108 complaints are pending before the Board of Lokayukta for disposal,” Singh told […]

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Former DGP takes charge as Lokayukta member in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Hours after handing over the charge of Odisha director general of police (DGP) to his batchmate B K Sharma in Cuttack, IPS officer R P Sharma on Thursday joined Lokayukta as its non-judicial member. Sharma, who was also the director of the vigilance wing of Odisha Police, said he would continue his fight against […]

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Governor Approves Proposal For Appointment Of DGP RP Sharma As Lokayukta Member

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal on Tuesday approved the Lokayukta selection panel’s proposal to appoint State DGP RP Sharma as the member of the anti-corruption ombudsman organisation. The development has paved the way for Sharma’s elevation to the new post. In a first such instance, an official from the DG rank will be moved to […]

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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 […]

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Selection committee recommends two members of Lokayukta in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The State Lokayukta selection committee headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has selected two names- one judicial, another non-judicial as the members of the panel. The names of the members have been recommended to the Governor of Odisha for approval. “A total of five members- two judicial and three non-judicial will be included as […]

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Lokayukta to take charge by April 8, Odisha informs SC by affidavit

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court stating that the State will complete the process for the appointment of Lokayukta by March 31 and it will start functioning by April 8. The affidavit was submitted by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, who deposed before a three-member bench of the […]

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Opposition gears up to corner ruling-BJD during winter session of Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Winter session of the Odisha Assembly is likely to be stormy as Opposition has prepared a long list of issues to corner the ruling-BJD in the House. As the poll dates are getting closer, the ruling party and Opposition are already on the war path and the same is expected to reflect in the […]

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Complete Lokayukta appointment process in two months: SC to Odisha govt

Bhubaneswar:The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Odisha government to complete the process for appointment of Lokayukta in the State within next two months. A detailed report on the progress made in appointment of Lokayukta was presented by the State government in the apex court today. The move to appoint the anti-corruption watchdog comes almost […]

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Odisha Govt to move SC for modification of order on Lokayukta

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Parliamentary Affairs minister Bikram Keshari Arukh, Tuesday in the Assembly informed that the state government would urge the Supreme Court to modify its order on the appointment of the Lokayukta in the state. The opposition Congress and the BJP had accused the ruling BJD government of filing a fake affidavit in the Supreme […]

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Odisha government agrees to clarify on Lokayukta

Bhubaneswar: The two-day long stalemate over the appointment of Lokayukta in Odisha Assembly ended today after the State government agreed to clarify on the controversy relating to submission of alleged fake affidavit in the Supreme Court. The proceedings of the House were affected for two consecutive days as the Opposition Congress and BJP accused the […]

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Row in Odisha Assembly over Lokayukta continues

Bhubaneswar: The Opposition parties on Friday once again created ruckus in Odisha Assembly over the delay in appointment of Lokayukta and alleged that the State government has filed a false affidavit in the Supreme Court. Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra today once again lashed out at the ruling-BJD government accusing it of filing false […]

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Opposition slams Odisha government over Lokayukta, Lokpal

Bhubaneswar:  Leader of Opposition Narasingha  Mishra today lashed out at the Odisha government in the Assembly over constitution of Lokayukta and Lokpal. Mishra alleged that the state government lied to the Supreme Court about a notification on Lokayukta published on January 16, 2015. “If a notification has been issued on January 16, 2015 to implement […]

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Op-Ed: Who Needs A Lokayukta?

Ever since the Supreme Court sought a reply from 12 states, including Odisha, on why they have not yet appointed Lokayuktas, there has been outrage in the state over the non-appointment of one by the Naveen Patnaik government. Starting with a motivated campaign on social media (presumably launched by cyber warriors of the Opposition), the […]