Justice Buch takes charge as Gujarat Lokayukta

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 11 Desember 2013 | 07.20

AHMEDABAD: After a decade, Gujarat finally got Lokayukta as Justice (retd) D P Buch takes oath at a ceremony organized in Raj Bhavan banquet hall in Gandhinagar on Wednesday.

The oath was administered by governor Kamla in the presence of chief minister Narendra Modi. While Leader of Opposition (LOP) remained absent as the state Government invited him just a day before and he was in New Delhi for pre-scheduled meetings. However he regretted for remaining absent.

After the oath ceremony Justice Buch took over charge at the Lokayukta office. He said, "I will tries to do my best in the four corners and (Gujarat Lokayukta Act)frame of the Law. I have yet to study the act thoroughly."

When asked about whether he feels extra pressure after huge political controversy in the appointment of the Lokayukta, he said, "I have to act as per the law and cannot comment about the earlier issues of which I was not part of.''

When asked about whether he will re-investigate the alleged corruption cases investigated by the Justice M.B.Shah Commission, he said, "I have to act upon the complaints received in my office in the legal frame of the Lokayukta act. I don't know about the pending complaints in the office or new complaints. If it qualifies for investigation under the act and has sufficient evidences or evidences can be collected than I will act upon accordingly.''

When asked about the comments of Justice R.A.Mehta who declined to take charge as the Lokayukta as the "weak Act'', Justice Buch said, "there can be different of opinions. Some may consider it as the weak act or strong. Whether to amend any act or not is the purview of the policy making and of the government. We are supposed to work as per the law only.''

Buch was appointed as the Lokayukta a few days back by the governor after the state cabinet and leader of opposition in the state assembly proposed his name.

The Gujarat government had fought an unsuccessful two-year-long legal battle against the appointment of Justice (retd) R A Mehta by the governor to the post. But Mehta declined to take charge forcing the government to start the process of appointment afresh.

Justice Buch (71) was born at Veraval in Junagadh district. He obtained a BSc degree in 1963 from Bahauddin College in Junagadh and a law degree in 1965, from AMP Law College in Rajkot. He enrolled as an advocate in April 1966, joined the bar at Junagadh and practiced in civil, criminal, service and revenue law up to 1970 when he joined the Gujarat State Judicial Service as civil judge and judicial magistrate (first class).

He was promoted as assistant judge in 1984, and then as a district judge in 1988, as he functioned at Rajkot, Bharuch and Vadodara. He served as a special officer with the Gujarat high court and also as joint secretary with the legal department for three years each. Later, he was appointed as secretary of the legal department.

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