Odisha Lokayukta disposes 56 of the 272 cases registered in 2020

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By Our Correspondent

CUTTACK/KENDRAPARA: Odisha Lokayukta Chairman Justice Ajit Singh has said that his office  has registered 272 cases in 2020 so far of which 56 have been disposed of till now. Justice Singh said, “We registered 272 cases of which 56 have been disposed of by now and only 216 cases are pending for disposal.”

He further stated, that 1,132 fresh complaints were received by the Lokayukta of which 548 complaints have been disposed of and the remaining 584 are pending for disposal.

Justice Singh also urged the people to directly approach the Lokayukta with complaints of corruption against any public servant.

He said, “We are determined to take action against any public servant, including the Chief Minister and public representatives if complaints are received against them. We are encouraging common people to raise their voices against corrupt public servants and NGOs.”

Justice Singh said last year the Lokayukta had received 1,418 cases of which 166 cases were disposed of. As many as 29 cases of erstwhile Lokpal involving corruption are pending for disposal and 1,223 involving personal grievances have been transferred to the Government under Section 60 (3) of the Odisha Lokayukta Act.

The Odisha Lokayukta Act came into effect from July 7, 2018, and the Lokayukta was established on February 28, 2019, to enquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries. Justice Singh joined the office as the first chairperson of Odisha Lokayukta on March 20, 2019.

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