30 November, 2020

A Long, Slow Tussle Later

At last UP has a Lokayukta, after three SC deadlines broken

Nirala Tripathi
A Long, Slow Tussle Later

When the Supreme Court appointed Justice Sanjay Mishra the Lokayukta of UP on January 28, it brought to an end a drama (some would say farce) that saw three of its deadlines ignored by thee constitutional functionaries—the chief minister, the leader of the Opposition and the chief justice of Allahabad High Court—over one-and-a-half years.

The appointment of Justice Mishra was itself preceded by the Supreme Court rec­alling its own order appointing Justice Virendra Singh to the post: Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud of the Allahabad High Court had objected to the inclusion of Justice Singh’s name in the list of five submitted by the government to the Supreme Court. The new appointment came after a bench took cognisance of Justice Chandrachud’s views. However, it ignored the fact the Justice Chandrachud had expressed reservations about Justice Mishra’s app­ointment to the post too.

The drama that played out over a year and a half began in April 2014, when the Supreme Court said a new Lokayukta must be appointed in six months. But...



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