Published On: Wed, Dec 16th, 2015

Supreme Court invokes constitutional powers, appoints Virendra Singh as UP Lokayukta

New Delhi :In a major embarrassment for Akhilesh Yadav-government, a bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi examined a list of five nominees and ordered for the appointment right away.

The Supreme Court today invoked its constitutional powers to appoint retd High Court Judge Virendra Singh as the new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh.

The Supreme Court today invoked its constitutional powers to appoint retd High Court Judge Virendra Singh as the new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh.

Invoking its constitutional powers, SC appointed retd high court judge Virendra Singh as the new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh after the state government failed to comply with its repeated directives.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh government today failed to meet the Supreme Court deadline to appoint Lokayukta even after two rounds of marathon talks, which failed to come up with a consensus name.

After a five-hour long meeting of three-member selection committee that ended around last midnight failed to arrive at a conclusion, talks resumed this morning at the residence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

But even that meeting, lasting two hours, failed to come up with a name despite Supreme Court order that the state government should submit a compliance report by today.

Meanwhile, the apex court again slammed the state government today for not appointing Lokayukta despite its order and asked it to provide 5 short-listed names for the post.

The selection committee comprising the Chief Minister, Chief Justice of Allahbad High Court D Y Chandrachud and Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Swami Prasad Maurya will meeting once again this evening.

“Our effort is that a name is finalised today itself so that there is no dispute later on. Therefore, we have decided to have another round of meeting at 5 PM, by when we expect some consensus will be reached,” Maurya told reporters after the meeting.

PTI

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