Gujarat govt takes Lokayukta appointment to SC
The Narendra Modi government has been arguing that the Lokayukta's appointment is unconstitutional.
New Delhi: The Gujarat government on Thursday approached the Supreme Court challenging the Gujarat High Court order upholding the appointment of Lokayukta in the state.
Gujarat government has told the apex court that in the appointment of the Lokayukta, the Gujarat governor acted without the aide and advise of the council of ministers and due process of law was not followed by the Governor in the appointment of Lokayukta.
The government further added that the August 2011 representation of the Chief Minister was pending with the chief justice of Gujarat and despite that the Governor appointed the Lokayukta.
In a blow to Narendra Modi, the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday upheld the appointment of Lokayukta by the Governor while sharply criticising the Chief Minister for his 'pranks' that had sparked a 'constitutional mini crisis'.
Rejecting the state government's plea, three months after it gave a split verdict, Justice VM Sahai held that Modi's 'questionable conduct' of 'stonewalling' the appointment of Justice (retd) RA Mehta as Lokayukta by Governor Kamla Beniwal threatened the rule of law.