Thiruvananthapuram: Governor Arif Mohammed Khan signed the Kerala Lok Ayukta (Amendment) Ordinance, 2022, which states that the state government can now accept or reject the anti-corru
ption agency's declaration in cases where persons holding public office are found guilty.
According to the ordinance issued in the gazette late evening, the competent authority would be the Governor, Chief Minister, or state government, and he or she might approve or reject the declaration after giving an opportunity to be heard.
"Where the competent authority is the Governor, Chief Minister, or Kerala Government, he or she may accept or reject the declaration after giving an opportunity to be heard," according to the Ordinance.
In all other circumstances, the competent body must provide a copy of the report to the government, which must approve or reject the declaration after being given an opportunity to be heard, according to the law.
"It shall be regarded to have been accepted on the date of expiry of the aforementioned term of three months if it is not rejected within three months from the date of receipt of the report or the copy of the report, as the case may be," it stated.