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UP govt misled us on appointment of Lokayukta, says SC

On the Uttar Pradesh government’s attempt to “mislead” the Supreme Court, the bench said, “They have misled us... alright... we will deal with that.”

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: January 21, 2016 3:25 am
up lokayukta, lokayukta, uttar pradesh, uttar pradesh lokayukta, up lokayukta supreme court, supreme court, supreme court lokayukta, lokayukta news, india news The Supreme Court reserved its order on a plea to withdraw its December 16 order, appointing Singh as the new Lokayukta after his name figured in a list of five names handed to the bench by the Uttar Pradesh government.

The Supreme Court Wednesday said it had been “misled” into appointing Justice (retd) Virendra Singh as the new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh and that it will recall the order passed more than a month ago if the appointment is held to be “very inappropriate”.

“We accept that we have been misled… we have been misled since it now transpires that the Chief Justice (of the Allahabad High Court) had objected to this name and according to the Chief Justice, the Chief Minister had agreed not to propose this name. We agree that there had been misrepresentation that the Chief Justice had not expressed any view on this name,” observed a bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice P C Pant.

“If Virendra Singh’s name is very inappropriate, we will recall our order and appoint someone else… leave it to us how to do it and who should be appointed,” the bench added.

On the state government’s attempt to “mislead” the court, the bench said, “They have misled us… alright… we will deal with that.”

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It reserved its order on a plea to withdraw its December 16 order, appointing Singh as the new Lokayukta after his name figured in a list of five names handed to the bench by the Uttar Pradesh government.

It was owing to a delay of 20 months and several missed deadlines by the state government that the bench decided to exercise its extraordinary power under Article 142 of the Constitution and directly appoint the Lokayukta.

A list containing five names was handed over to the court by senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who represented the UP government, and the court was informed that High Court Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud has neither agreed on any name nor has he recommended any name himself.

What the bench was not told on December 16 was that Justice Chandrachud had expressed strong objections to Singh’s name over issues of “integrity” when it was proposed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and that it was agreed upon between them that this name would not be proposed or considered any further.

But Singh’s name topped the list the state government handed to the apex court on December 16. Hours after the bench appointed Singh, Justice Chandrachud wrote to the UP Governor pointing out these facts. A plea was later moved in court, alleging that the state government has played a fraud upon the highest court of the land by concealing the Chief Justice’s objections.

During the hearing on Wednesday, the bench underlined that it was compelled to appoint the Lokayukta because the collegium, comprising the Chief Minister, leader of opposition and the Chief Justice, could not agree on any name in 20 months and various deadlines had been missed.

It sought to know from senior advocate T R Andhyarujina, who appeared for the Allahabad High Court, Justice Chandrachud’s objections to Singh’s name and the basis of his doubts over his integrity.

Andhyarujina asked the bench: “Had your lordship been apprised of the objections, would you have made this appointment?”

“Certainly not,” replied the bench, adding that since it has now passed an order, there has to be “some compelling reasons shocking the conscience of the court” to justify recalling it.

Andhyrujina also clarified that Singh was not appointed as chairman of the consumer commission during Justice Chandrachud’s tenure because UP’s Advocate General Vijay Bahadur Singh had questioned why his name was cleared for the post if there were doubts over his integrity.

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  1. S
    Jan 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm
    Mr. Sibal, is up to his dirty tricks again. This time , misleading the bench. Mr. Zero Loss , when will you come clean ?
    1. B
      Jan 21, 2016 at 2:38 am
      Honb'le SC should dismiss the Akhilesh government.
      1. K
        Jan 21, 2016 at 4:10 am
        Dalits must demand a Central University for themselves. Otherwise they will be at the mercy of Standard 12 persons like the HRD Minister controlling their lives. ________The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, and his equally uneducated cabinet colleagues are letting down India very badly. They have no education. They have no abilities to prevent the free-fall of India's economy. In the past India was fortunate to have such genius economists as Mr Manmohan Singh. But the 31% of the voters who brought the dokhla-bhai to power have created a huge problem for India. India must prepare itself for the next Lok Sabha elections. Send the selfie-chaser Gujjubhai back to selling chai and dokhla at the railway stations. India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media. Is is purely disgusting. Even the political leaders of Nepal and Maldives are too dignified to run after the goras for selfies.
        1. C
          Col S
          Jan 21, 2016 at 2:42 am
          Country is domed if person of doubtful integrity is made LOKAYUKTA. Worstbius the role of Mr Sibal who hid the TRUTH from SC. He must SYOP practicing with such MINDSET ..
          1. d
            Jan 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm
            Dirty politics of Mian Mulayam
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