Embarrassing UP Govt, SC appoints state Lokayukta

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Virendra Singh

The Supreme Court on Wednesday exercised its constitutional authority and appointed former High Court judge Justice Virendra Singh as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh after the state government failed to comply with its directives. After examining a list of nominees which was furnished by the state government on its direction, the court ordered the appointment.
“The failure of constitutional functionaries to comply with the orders of the highest court of the land is deeply regretted and astonishing,” a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, adding, “We, therefore, proceed to exercise our right under Article 142 of the Constitution to remedy the situation by passing an appropriate order.”
After appointing Justice Singh as Lokayukta, the court asked the state government to file a report by December 20 indicating compliance of its order.
The bench regretted that its several orders have not been “heeded” by the constitutional functionaries — the chief minister, the leader of opposition and the chief justice of the Allahabad high court. Earlier on December 14, the apex court had rapped the UP government for not appointing Lokayukta in the state despite its directions, saying it seemed that appointing authorities have their “own agenda”.

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