The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the Delhi and Central government to file replies on a plea seeking appointment of the Lokayukta.
The post has remained vacant since November 2013 and the court commented that it would be “better” if the city government quickly appointed the Lokayukta.
“The quicker you (Delhi government) do it, the better it would be,” Justice Rajiv Shakdher said while issuing notice to the Centre, city government and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.
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“Hopefully, you will have some answers by next date,” the court said while listing the matter for hearing on July 24. The Delhi government counsel said he will seek instruction on why the post has not been filled up and when the appointment would be made. The counsel also said appointment of Lokayukta would require the approval of the Centre as well.
The court was hearing the plea filed by a former BJP MLA who has sought immediate appointment of Lokayukta. Sat Prakash Rana in his plea said non-appointment was adding to pendency of cases. Rana’s lawyer also told the court that when the earlier Lokayukta – Justice Manmohan Sarin — demitted office, there were around 56 pending cases and since then over 500 cases have been filed.