July 29, 2016 4:57:08 am
Shambhu Singh Yadav, a retired IAS officer and secretary to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, on Thursday was appointed as the Deputy Lokayukta of the state.
Official spokesperson of Governor House confirmed that name of Shambhu Singh Yadav has been cleared by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik as it was recommended by both Chief Minister as well as Lokayukta Justice Sanjay Misra as per the provisions of the Act.
Shambhu Singh Yadav, a 1997-batch IAS officer, previously served as special secretary to former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in the SP government in 2003 and was made Akhilesh’s secretary again in 2012. Considered close to the Samajwadi Party, he retired three years ago and served as Chief Minister’s secretary on extension. The government had proposed his name for Deputy Lokayukta last week to Governor Naik.
The Deputy Lokayukta is appointed in consultation with Lokayukta and the CM, and unlike former’s appointment, there is no requirement to consult Chief Justice of Allahabad. The post of Deputy Lokayukta was lying vacant since Swatantra Singh’s term ended last year.
Singh was appointed Deputy Lokayukta on October 1, 2007 and served until the end of his term in September 2015. However, amendments in the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta Act now allows the sitting Up-Lokayukta to continue until the new appointment has been finalised.
Sources said that Governor Naik called Shambu Singh Yadav around 10 am on Thursday and directly asked him if would be able to “detach himself from the name of Yadav family”, before taking over the responsibility of serving as Deputy Lokayukta. The Governor had also reportedly asked him if he would be relieved from his current responsibility immediately by the Chief Minister.
It was only after being assured by Shambhu Singh Yadav that he would work independently on the post that his file was cleared by the Governor, sources said.
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