Did CM meet chief justice for next Gujarat Lokayukta?

Following allegations of lacklustre approach towards appointing Lokayukta, the post lying vacant for eight years, chief minister Narendra Modi is believed to have started the process afresh.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2013, 15:07 PM IST

Ahemdabad: Following allegations of lacklustre approach towards appointing Lokayukta, the post lying vacant for eight years, chief minister Narendra Modi is believed to have started the process afresh.

Sources claimed that the government had started the process of appointing the Lokayukta by streamlining the names of a few former high court judges to preside over the post.

When asked, whether there was any communication between the chief justice of Gujarat HC and the CM, registrar-general of Gujarat high court MJ Thakkar said: “No comment.”

The governor had appointed Justice (retired) RA Mehta as the Lokayukta and the move prompted the government to mount a fierce legal battle. However, the government lost the cases both in the Gujarat high court as well as the Supreme Court.

The apex court upheld the name of justice Mehta declaring that the chief justice of the high court had primacy and asked the government to start the process of filling up the post. However, the government filed a review petition, which was also turned down by the court last month.

The development took a new turn when Mehta refused to take charge as Lokayukta by writing a seven-page letter to Governor Dr Kamla Beniwal, refusing to accept the post and even criticising the government.

The government had staunchly opposed Mehta’s name, accusing him of being associated with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which were against the Modi government. The then chief justice of Gujarat high court, SJ Mukhopadhyay, however, had said Mehta was fit for the post and he was a man of integrity.

DNA