Lok Satta

Friday, 12 June 2009 11:37

Dr.JP's letter to Chief Minister and all Floor leaders

PDFPrintE-mail

11th June 2009

 

 

Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy

Chief Minister of AP

Government of Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad

 

Sub: Prevention of Corruption (Andhra Pradesh) Amendment Act, 2009

 

Dear Dr Rajasekhara Reddy garu,

 

Please recall the discussion in the Assembly on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address. You were also recently quoted in the media expressing your strong commitment to combat corruption. If the government is serious about its intention to combat corruption, we need to amend the current legal framework to make it more effective on the following lines:

 

1. Facilitate seizure and forfeiture of property of corrupt public servants

2. Establish special anti-corruption courts in each district

3. Appoint independent prosecutors drawn from judiciary

4. Establish an independent anti-corruption agency functioning under the overall supervision of Lokayukta

5. Presumption of guilt on public servants in case of disproportionate assets and those who are caught red-handed while accepting bribe.

 

We also require to enact a new law to integrate the myriad disciplinary procedures against erring public servants. Right now there is a complicated maze with multiplicity of agencies dealing with such matters: Departmental enquiry, Tribunal for disciplinary proceedings, Public Servants’ Inquiry Act, Commissionerate of Enquiries, Vigilance Commission and Lokayukta. We also need to integrate Lokayukta with the Vigilance Commission.

 

For the time being, as I promised in the House, I am sending you a carefully prepared draft Bill “Prevention of Corruption (Andhra Pradesh) Amendment Act, 2009”

 

I request you to convene an all party meeting on this subject of fighting corruption. This Bill has been prepared taking into account the recommendations of the Law Commission, Administrative Reforms Commission and other expert bodies. I request you to introduce the Bill in the ensuing Budget Session. I trust that you will act speedily to enact this legislation for combating Corruption.

 

I am sharing this communication with the Speaker of the Assembly, Chairman of Legislative Council, Minister of Law, Minister for Legislative Affairs, Leader of the opposition and all floor leaders of both Houses of AP Legislature.

 

With warm personal regards,

 

Sd/-

Jayaprakash Narayan

President

 

Encl: Draft legislation “Prevention of Corruption (Andhra Pradesh) Amendment Act, 2009”

 

Copy to:

1. The Speaker, A.P Legislative Assembly

2. The Chairman, A.P Legislative Council

3. The Leader of Opposition, A.P. Legislative Assembly

4. The Minister of Law, Government of A.P.

5. The Minister for Legislative Affairs

6. The Floor Leader, PRP

7. Floor Leader, TRS

8. Floor Leader, MIM

9. Floor Leader, CPI

10. The Floor Leader, BJP

11. Floor Leader, CPM