The Allahabad High Court on Thursday refused to give any interim relief to BSP MLC Mukul Upadhyay,who had filed a petition questioning the authority under which state Lokayukta Justice N K Mehrotra was continuing in office. The court has fixed July 10 as the next date of hearing on which it will decide the maintainability of the petition.
In his petition,which had come up for hearing before a division bench of Justices Sunil Ambwani and Aditya Nath Mittal,Upadhyay had prayed to the court to issue a show cause notice against Justice Mehrotra to explain how he was continuing in office and drawing salary and other allowances. He had also questioned the validity of the ordinance under which the tenure of Justice Mehrotra was extended by the govenrment. He had further prayed that all the recommendations made by Justice Mehrotra post-extension of tenure should be stayed.
However,government counsels C B Yadav and Ramanand Pandey argued that the relief sought by Upadhyay could not be granted because he is facing inquiry by the vigilance department for various irregularities.