NVCO questions petition to remove Lokayukta

Kohima, September 15 (MExN): The Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) has questioned the state government over the writ petition filed by the latter to remove the incumbent Lokayukta.

In a press release on Tuesday, the NVCO Press and Media Cell raised objections against the government going to the Supreme Court for the removal of the Nagaland Lokayukta without first going into the provisions of removal.

It also objected the move to assign all the pending matters before Lokayukta to the lone Upa-Lokayukta and giving the latter sole powers and functions, stating that “the powers and functions of Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayukta are totally different.”

Further, claiming that the Upa-Lokayukta is “someone who has a background of having political party affiliation as he was one of the candidates who contested in the last/recent Nagaland State General Legislative Assembly Election with NDPP ticket,” the organization questioned the intention of the state government asking the Apex Court to direct the Lokayukta to assign all the pending matters before him to the Upa-Lokayukta and to prohibit the Lokayukta from exercising his powers and functions as per the Nagaland Lokayukta Act 2017.