UP guv forwards CJ’s ‘strong reservation’ letter to Akhilesh

  • Umesh Raghuvanshi, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2015 13:28 IST
Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik at Hindustan Times office in Lucknow. (Ashok Dutta/HT photo)

A day after the Supreme Court appointed justice (retired) Virendra Singh as the new lokayukta of UP, governor Ram Naik took note of Allahabad high court chief justice DY Chandrachud’s letter informing him about the developments that preceded the apex court’s order on Wednesday.

The governor has forwarded the CJ’s letter to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and leader of opposition in the Vidhan Sabha Swami Prasad Maurya to let them know about the CJ’s observations on how the state government failed to inform the SC that the three-member committee had nearly reached an understanding on the name of justice AN Mittal (sitting judge of Allahabad high court) for appointment as the new lokayukta.

The chief minister, chief justice and leader of opposition are members of the three-member selection committee that met here on Tuesday and Wednesday to select a new lokayukta. The chief justice has also referred to his strong reservation against the name of justice (retired) Virendra Singh for appointment as lokayukta and how the CM had assured him that the state government would not push his name for the post.

Despite the CM’s assurance the state government submitted justice Virendra Singh’s name to the SC as part of a five-member panel for the apex court’s perusal.

Meanwhile, the state government has sent the file concerning appointment of justice Virendra Singh to Raj Bhawan to seek approval of the governor.

Raj Bhawan has, however, asked the state government to put up the file about lokayukta’s appointment with the orders of apex court on the issue.

Senior state government officers refused to comment on the issue. Sources said the governor may examine the state government’s file for appointment of lokayukta in the backdrop of the CJ’s letter.

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