Updated: April 13, 2021 12:38:34 am
Former special CBI court judge Surendra Kumar Yadav was appointed the state’s deputy Lokayukta on Monday.
Yadav, who hails from Jaunpur, was administered the oath by Lokayukta Justice (retired) Sanjay Mishra in the presence of a senior official, said a government official. Governor Anandiben Patel had signed the notification announcing the former judge’s appointment on April 6.
Yadav passed the judgement in the Babri Masjid demolition case on September 30 last year, the day of his retirement. He acquitted all 32 surviving accused, including senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, citing lack of evidence.
A government official said the former judge completed his schooling from Jaunpur before moving to the adjoining district of Varanasi for higher studies. He completed a law course before starting his legal career as an additional munsif from Faizabad district, which was renamed Ayodhya, in June 1990. Over the years, he has worked as a munsif, an additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM), a chief judicial magistrate, and an additional district judge in different districts.
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