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SC recalls earlier order, appoints Sanjay Mishra new Lokayukta

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Published on 28 Jan 2016 5:54 AM GMT

SC recalls earlier order, appoints Sanjay Mishra new  Lokayukta
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday withdrew its own order and appointed Justice (Retd) Sanjay Mishra as the new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, the apex court had appointed Justice (Retd) Virendra Singh as the Lokayukta.

The bench comprising of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Prafulla C. Pant said that withdrawing the decision was necessary as the state government had misled the court and Allahabad High Court Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud had also expressed doubts over the integrity of Justice Virendra Singh.

Who is Sanjay Mishra?

  • He was born on November 19'1952.
  • Started his carrier as an advocate in 1977 in High Court.
  • Was appointed as an additional judge in September 24'2004.
  • His tenure ended on November 18'2014.
  • His name was in the list of panel sent by the selection committee.

Advocate Prashant Bhusan argued on behalf of petitioner:

  • Bhusan pleaded the court to recall the appointement.
  • Apprised the court that Allahabad Chief Justice received serious complaints against Justice (retd) Virendra Singh.
  • It is risky and inadvisable to let Justice Singh continue as Lokayukta.

What court said:

  • Why a consensus was not made on any single name since last 20 months by the selection committee.
  • Asked petitioner Sacchidanand Gupta what he had to do with the appointment of Lokayukta.
  • Uttar Pradesh’s Advocate General Vijay Bahadur Singh is arguing on behalf of UP government.

How Justice (Retd) Ravindra Singh was appointed:

  • The Supreme Court using its constitutional power appointed Justice(Retd) Virendra Singh as Lokayukta of UP after the deadline fixed by it ended on December 16 last.
  • Allahabad High Court’s Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud registered his objection over this appointment by writing a letter to Governor Ram Naik.
  • Chief Justice in his letter said that he did not give his consent on the name of Ravindra Singh.

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