The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday passed a bill to set up a Lokayukta to inquire into corruption allegations against public servants, News18 reported.

State minister D Jayakumar tabled the Tamil Nadu Lokayukta Bill, 2018, in the House. He said the Centre had earlier enacted the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013, which had a provision for a Lokayukta, or public anti-corruption ombudsman, in every state.

“Accordingly, the government has decided to establish the Lokayukta for the state of Tamil Nadu to inquire into allegations of corruption against public servants,” said Jayakumar.

In March, the Supreme Court had asked the chief secretaries of 11 states, including Tamil Nadu, why they had not yet appointed a Lokayukta.