A Lokayukta for Uttarakhand soon – state informs SC

The Supreme Court today recorded the statement of Uttarakhand government that a Lokayukta will be appointed for the state soon.

When the bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked the state government’s counsel as to when the appointment would be made , she submitted that a fresh legislation to this effect had already been passed and a bill is pending before the Assembly which may be passed in six months.

The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay for implementation of the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Act-2011.

Kumar had through his writ petition submitted that, Uttarakhand is without the Lokayukta since September-2013, while more than 700 complaints related to corruption are pending. He contended that it is the constitutional duty of the Government to appoint the Lokayukta in accordance with the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Act-2011, which is the best and most effective Lokayukta Act of the Country.

State government should appoint the Lokayuktha in accordance with the Act immediately, instead of delaying it by introducing a new Lokayukta Bill, he contended.

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