HC seeks Centre's response on Lokayukta appointment in Delhi

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Centre's response on a plea seeking the status of the appointment of Lokayukta in the national capital, a post which is lying vacant since June last year.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 10, 2014, 21:09 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Centre's response on a plea seeking the status of the appointment of Lokayukta in the national capital, a post which is lying vacant since June last year.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw also directed the central government counsel to take instructions by September 17 from the Ministry of Urban Development on the appointment.

The bench asked the counsel about the procedure to be followed for appointment of the Lokayukta.

"Take instructions from the government and we will take necessary action," the court said.

Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin's five years tenure ended on June 5 last year.

The court direction came on a PIL, which sought direction to the Centre and Delhi government for extension of Sarin's tenure till formation of a new government in the national capital, in order to adjudicate pending further inquiries against the public functionaries.

The PIL filed through Kamran Siddiqui sought extension of Sarin's tenure as he had started inquiries in related cases and these were in the last stages when his tenure ended.