Twelve days after submitting a contempt petition towards Odisha Lokayukta Ajit Singh earlier than the Orissa Excessive Courtroom, alleging that the pinnacle of anti-corruption physique dedicated forgery whereas approaching SC, former BJD chief and MLA Pradeep Panigrahi on Monday filed a petition earlier than the apex courtroom searching for applicable proceedings towards the officers of Lokayukta for a similar, HT has learnt.
Early this month, Panigrahi had alleged that Odisha Lokayukta chairperson Ajit Singh and secretary Manas Ranjan Tripathi cited a non-existent order of the Orissa Excessive Courtroom whereas transferring the SC towards an earlier order of the Orissa HC. The Orissa Excessive Courtroom in February this yr had quashed the Lokayukta’s order for a probe by the state vigilance division towards Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy in an alleged case of disproportionate belongings. The HC dismissed the Lokayukta order saying it was not legally tenable because the complainant and investigating company in a quasi-judicial course of can’t be the identical.
After the HC quashed the Lokayukta order, the anti-corruption physique had moved a evaluate petition earlier than it which was once more dismissed in April 5. The Lokayukta then moved SC via Particular Go away Petition towards the HC orders in February and evaluate petition orders in April this yr calling it unfair.
Panigrahy, in his contempt petition filed earlier than the Orissa Excessive Courtroom on August 11, alleged that the Lokayukta, whereas submitting the particular go away petition earlier than the SC, have hooked up a 6-page order on April 5 which is non-existent. The MLA mentioned whereas HC handed a 2-page order dismissing the evaluate petition by Lokayukta, the bench of chief justice S Muralidhar and justice Biswanath Rath nowhere handed a 6-page judgement that was cited by the Lokayukta whereas transferring the SC.
Whereas the contempt of courtroom case towards the Lokayukta is pending earlier than the HC, Panigrahy on Monday filed an interlocutory utility within the case earlier than the SC searching for dismissal of the Lokayukta’s Particular Go away Petition which he alleged was filed in a completely unethical and improper method. Within the utility, Panigrahy additionally prayed for applicable proceedings towards Lokayukta and his officers over transferring the SC citing a non-existent order.
By the way, after Panigrahy moved Orissa HC early this month towards Lokayukta, the latter filed an utility earlier than the HC registrar common searching for withdrawal of his 6-page order. The Chief Justice of Orissa Excessive Courtroom additionally ordered an in-house inquiry into the matter.
Panigrahy in his utility earlier than the SC mentioned a non-existent order fashioned a part of the SLP earlier than the best courtroom of the nation.
“The Lokayukta is a sacrosanct quasi-judicial physique comprising of two retired judges of the Excessive Courtroom and one retired DGP didn’t hassle to confirm the authenticity of the order of the Registry of the Excessive Courtroom or from the official web site of the Courtroom the place orders have been being repeatedly uploaded throughout the pandemic. The real order (handed by the HC on April 5) was duly watermarked whereas the 6-page order cited by the Lokayukta was not even watermarked however nonetheless the identical was positioned on file earlier than the SC with out making any efforts to confirm the authenticity of the identical. The Lokayukta has shaken the belief of the individuals within the judicial system. A celebration, particularly a quasi-judicial physique, for its personal and self trigger shouldn’t be allowed to flee by merely withdrawing the order from the SLP,” Panigrahy wrote in his utility.