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HC seeks letters between Modi and guv on Lokayukta ordinance

india Updated: Oct 05, 2011 23:18 IST

Gujarat high court on Wednesday directed the state government to submit the correspondence between chief minister Narendra Modi and Governor Dr Kamala with regard to the ordinance seeking removal of chief justice from the committee that finalises Lokayukta candidate.

The division bench of Justices Akil Kureshi and Sonia Gokani sought the confidential letters exchanged by Modi and Dr Kamla between August 18 to August 26, in sealed cover.

The direction was issued after senior counsel Girish Patel told the high court that state government had deliberately chosen not to place certain documents on record.

Appearing for Bhikhabhai Jethava, who filed the PIL seeking appointment of Lokayukta this August, advocate Patel argued that though Governor was bound to act on advice of the state government, she was justified in appointing R A Mehta as Lokayukta, because the government had grossly violated the Lokayukta Act by not making appointment for more than seven years.

The government did not have a veto power to annul governor's decision, he added.

Patel accused Modi of converting the state government into "chief minister's government", violating parliamentary model.