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SC slams states who failed to appoint state Lokayuktas yet

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The on Monday slammed those states which had not appointed state yet in the appointment of petition.

government will file an affidavit explaining the delay in appointment of Lokayukta till next hearing while the was directed to complete the process of Lokayukta appointment within four months.

of (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said, "We want to be harsh but are refraining from saying anything at this stage."

The petition was filed by advocate and BJP leader, Ashwini Upadhyay, seeking a direction to expeditiously appoint at the Centre, Lokayukta in states and provide a citizen charter in every department to ensure time-bound delivery of goods and services.

As per provisions of the and Act, 2013, a Lokpal as anti-authority or ombudsman would be set up at the Central level, while a Lokayukta will be set up in each state.

In July last year, the had expressed its displeasure over non-appointment of Lokpal by the central government. In September, the Prime Minister Central government had appointed a Search Committee to nominate the and members of the Lokpal. Justice was nominated as of the committee.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court asked the Lokpal Search Committee to complete its task of short-listing names for a Lokpal by February-end and submit the list for consideration to the The apex court will hear the plea on March 7.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 15:04 IST