Lokayukt-CIC face-off in MP

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Bhopal, Oct 11 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh Lokayukt today issued a contempt notice to the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) in an alleged confrontation between the two on the issue of jurisdiction.

Lokayukt sources said that Justice Ripusudan Dayal's notice to CIC P P Tiwari said that he indulged in criminal contempt through a written note dated August 22 and a September 19 order.

The dispute ensued when the CIC, while deciding on a petition, said that the Lokayukt and other state government organisations such as the Crime Investigation Department and Economic Offences Wing were in the purview of the Right to Information.

Mr Tiwari also commented that, prior to his decision, the Lokayukt visited his residence and attempted to influence his decision.

''Judicial records are sacrosanct and it is the paramount duty of every judicial authority to maintain their sanctity. To violate this sanctity by tampering with them in order that the other judicial authority may be incapacitated in discharging its constitutional and statutory duties is ... gross misconduct, apart from serious crime,'' the notice said.

''Forgery has been committed in a two-fold manner: one that false allegations about contempt have been made and the other that both the hand-written note dated 22.8.2007 and the order dated 19.9.2007 have been antedated. The intention was to make the Lokayukt organisation ineffective in its role of combatting corruption amongst the highly-placed public servants.'' ''Thus, a strong prima facie case is made out against Shri P P Tiwari...'' The notice has to be replied to in a month.

''I acted with a clear conscience and as per the rules,'' claimed the CIC.

UNI

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