The Supreme Court of India has made history. The apex court has used one of its ‘extraordinary’ powers to appoint Justice Viredra Singh as the Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh.
Here are some points you need to know:
- The Supreme Court declared the appointment under Article 142 of the Constitution of Indiato enforce its own orders to do “complete justice”
- The Court gave the orders to reduce corruption in the North Indian state
- The lackadaisical attitude of the constitutional functionaries in the state forced the apex court to act on behalf
- The Uttar Pradesh State Selection Panel of Lokayukta, including Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya and Allahabad High Court Chief Justice D. Y. Chandrachud could not choose a suitable candidate for the post
- A judicial bench, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, appointed former high court judge, Justice Virendra Singh as the first Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh
- The Uttar Pradesh government had failed to submit a recommendation for the post and missed several deadlines
- The Supreme Court selected Justice Virendra Singh after consulting a list of five probable Lokayuktas
- The Supreme Court bench of judges, which took the decision, was moved by the appeal filed by Mahendra Kumar Jain and lawyer Radhakant Tripathi for a direction on the Lokayukta appointment
- Justice Virendra Singh, a native of Uttar Pradesh, served as a senior judge at Allahabad High Court from 2009 to 2011.
Source: India Today