In that Act in case of opinion of difference between the members of the selection committee, advice of Chief Justice in his capacitor as member of selection committee was final.
But in the present Act which was enacted by Chautala and followed by Hooda, advice of Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High court will not be binding on Chief Minister. In the present Act Lokayukt has to take permission from competent authority for taking complaints against ministers and chief minister, whereas in earlier Act no such prior permission was needed.
Bansi Lal had appointed Justice O.P.Vashishth, known for his honesty and integrity as the state's first Lokpal. After some time Chautala took over the reins of the government and he was afraid of bold Lokpal like Vashisth.
Removing him was not easy, so Chautala chose easy route of scraping the act stating that the state Govt. will come with a comprehensive act, which at last came in the form of the present dummy act.
Justice N.K.Sood, predecessor of present Lokayukta Pritampal, who has served during Hooda's tenure was dummy for all the practical purposes. This citizen journalist is in possession of a copy of a letter written by him to the then Chief Secretary.
Justice Sood has sought information regarding a complaint which he was hearing in his capacity as Lokayukta. Chief Secretary is duty bound to provide information to Lokayukta.
Interestingly, the then Chief Secretary who had delayed the information because it was hitting a Congress M.L.A close to the Chief Ministrer, Bhupinder Hooda has given his nod for prosecution in the same case during his previous posting as at that time then Chief Minister ,Om Parkash Chautla was hostile to that M.L.A.
Only God can save Haryana from gimmicks of such officers who can go to any extent to please the C.M. and change colour like chameleon with change of power.
Interestingly Justice Vashisth during his short tenure as Lokayukt during the regime of Chief MinisterBansi lal, has dared to summon the then Chief Secretary R.S.Verma for delay in supply of information sought by him. This despite the fact that the officer was right hand of the then chief minister BansiLal.
Present Lokayukta Justice Pritampal, though an honest man, is helpless due to weak act as he did not had suo motto powers of taking cognizance and acting against ministers and chief minister without a prior approval from the competent authority. Hooda is following Chautala's act as it suits to him. In the words of Justice Vashisth, no politician wants a strong Lokayukta act.
While presiding a foundation course for newly appointed IAS, IPS and IFS officers at the state Academy, Hooda had called them to work towards making the state corruption free.
If he is sincere with respect to his words, he should immediately amend the present act on the pattern of Karnatka, where history was created by Lokayukta Santosh Hegde for indicting Chief Minister Yedyuruppa which led to his ouster from power.