Former Madhya Pradesh high court judge UC Maheshwari was sworn in as the new Up-Lokayukta on Tuesday.
The oath of office was administered to Justice Maheshwari by the outgoing Lokayukta Justice PP Naolekar, who retired on Tuesday.
The 60-year-old Justice Maheshwari, who resigned as a sitting HC judge on Monday, will hold the Up-Lokayukta’s office, which was lying vacant for two years since Justice Chandresh Bhushan retired on February 2014.
In an informal interaction with mediapersons after assuming the new charge, Justice Maheshwari said his priority as Up-Lokayukta would be to expedite probe in pending cases.
When queried by media persons whether the elected legislators would be also brought within the purview of the anti-corruption watchdog, Justice Maheshwari evaded a direct reply saying he would take up all pertinent matters in future.
Later, outgoing Lokayukta Justice PP Naolekar told the media that the special anti-corruption establishment needs more workforce. He also stressed over the need for bringing legislators, NGOs and private universities within the ambit of Lokayukta.
Meanwhile, Bhopal-based RTI activist Ajay Dubey, who has already filed a petition before the high court for transparency in appointment of Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta, questioned appointment of Justice Maheshwari to the Up-Lokayukta’s post. He alleged that the appointment was a secret move by the state government, undermining Constitutional provisions.