The Congress also demanded a change in the rule which says that the Lokayukta can take up only complaints which are five year old. (Agencies)
"Since the state cabinet has approved appointment of retired Justice DP Buch as Lokayukta on the recommendation of the chief justice of the Gujarat High Court, we will request the Governor to issue a warrant for his appointment soon," Leader of Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela said.
"When the Lokayukta is being appointed after a gap of almost ten years, we demand two things from the Gujarat government. Firstly, they should dissolve commissions like MB Shah Commission and other such things which are inquiring into allegations of corruption against this government. The law says that when a commission is appointed for inquiry in some allegations, those things cannot be probed by the Lokayukta," Vaghela said.
"Also, Lokayukta cannot probe allegations which are five years old. As the post was vacant for the last ten years, rules should be changed and the new Lokayukta should be allowed to probe corruption allegations of the last ten years," Vaghela said.
On Wednesday, the Gujarat government recommended former high court judge DP Buch to Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal for appointment as Lokayukta of the state.
The Lokayukta's post has been lying vacant since Justice RM Soni's term expired in 2003.
The Congress also demanded a change in the rule which says that the Lokayukta can take up only complaints which are five year old.