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Justice retired Sanjay Mishra sworn in as new UP Lokayukta

The new Lokayukta was administered oath by Governor Ram Naik at a brief function at Raj Bhawan.



Lucknow: Retired judge of Allahabad High Court Justice Sanjay Mishra was on Sunday sworn in as the new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh bringing to an end a bitter year-long feud between Raj Bhawan and the state government on the appointment of the anti-graft ombudsman.

The new Lokayukta was administered oath by Governor Ram Naik at a brief function at Raj Bhawan. He would replace justice (retd) NK Mehrotra, who was appointed Lokayukta on March 16, 2006 and had a nearly ten-year tenure.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was present at the swearing-in ceremony along with his senior cabinet ministers.

Besides the chief minister, two other members of the selection panel -- Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court DY Chandrachud and Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya -- were present. Expelled SP leader Amar Singh was also present.

The appointment of Lokayukta had snowballed into a major controversy last year with the Governor refusing to accept the name of Justice (retd) Raveendra Singh and asking the chief minister to follow proper procedure for selecting the ombudsman.

From Zee News

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