The Delhi government has started the process of appointing a Lokayukta in the capital and it has sent its suggestion, on a likely candidate, to the chief justice of the high court, the court was informed on Friday.
The government had filed an affidavit in the HC in response to a plea filed by BJP leader Sat Prakash Rana, who had sought court orders on the appointment of a Lokayukta. The post of the anti-corruption ombudsman in Delhi has been vacant since November 2013.
The government told High Court Justice V P Vaish that it is “firmly committed to implementing the Lokayukta Act”.
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It also sought the dismissal of Rana’s plea, claiming that it was a “motivated petition, filed… for achieving narrow political gains” and not in “public interest”.
“Proviso (A) to Section 3 of Lokayukta Act, mandates that Lokayukta is to be appointed in consultation with Delhi High Court Chief Justice and the Leader of Opposition. The answering respondent (Delhi government) in compliance of the said statuary mandates, initiated the process of consultation by submitting its suggestion for filling in the vacant post of Lokayukta in a sealed cover, by a letter date July 10, 2015, to Delhi High Court Chief Justice,” stated the Delhi government’s affidavit.
“It is therefore most respectfully submitted that the process of appointment of Lokayukta has been initiated and is in process. The present petition may be kindly dismissed as infructuous,” it added.