Supreme Court recalls its own order, appoints new Lokayukta for UP

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In an extraordinary development on Thursday, the Supreme Court recalled its 16 December order appointing Justice Virendra Singh as the new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh.

While taking back its decision, the apex court also appointed Justice Sanjay Mishra, a retired judge of the Allahabad High Court as new Lokayukta of UP.

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According to PTI, Referring to the objections raised by the Chief Justice of the High Court on the name of Justice Singh, the bench said.

In an unusual order on 16 December, the apex court had exercised its constitutional authority and appointed Justice Singh as Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta. However, the decision was later stayed by the SC itself after an Allahabad HC judge expressed serious objections to his appointment.

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While recalling its order, the bench comprising Justices Rajan Gogoi and PC Panta said, “We are now left with serious doubts with regard to the suitability of Justice Singh as Lokayukta.”

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The bench, while recalling its order, referred to an earlier apex court judgment holding that the views of the HC Chief Justice should be accorded primacy in such appointments.

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