The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has initiated the process to appoint a Lokayukta, a post which has remained vacant since November 2013.
AAP’s plans were intimated to the Delhi High Court on Friday through an affidavit filed by Delhi government’s concerned department before Justice VP Vaish. It said the Delhi government is “firmly committed to implementing the Lokayukta Act”.
AAP also sought the dismissal of former BJP MLA Sat Prakash Rana seeking the same saying it was a “motivated petition, filed… For achieving narrow political gains” and not “public interest”.
“Proviso (A) to Section 3 of Lokayukta Act, mandates that Lokayukta is to be appointed in consultation with Delhi High Court Chief Justice and the Leader of Opposition. The answering respondent (Delhi government) in compliance of the said statuary mandates, initiated the process of consultation by submitting its suggestion for filling in the vacant post of Lokayukta in a sealed cover, by a letter date July 10, 2015, to Delhi High Court Chief Justice,” the Delhi government affidavit said.
“It is therefore most respectfully submitted that the process of appointment of Lokayukta has been initiated and is in process. The present petition may be kindly dismissed as infructuous,” it added.