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6 states apprise SC of steps taken to appoint Lokayukta

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Monday took on record the steps taken by six states -- Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Manipur, Mizoram, and -- for appointing anti-graft ombudsman, Lokayukta.

All the six states apprised a bench headed by the through affidavits about the progress made by them.

Government, which on October 31 last gave an undertaking before the apex court that it would appoint the state Lokayukta within three months, said former high court judge, Justice has already started functioning as the state's Lokayukta.

Taking on record the submission, the bench, also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna, asked to inform it within three months about the action taken by the Lokayukta.

The apex court, which was hearing a petition filed by for appointment of Lokayukta in every state, granted for three months to complete shortlisting of the persons for appointment of

The informed the bench that the Lokayukta will take charge in the state on April 8 this year.

Chief Secretary was present in the court.

Its submitted that the selection process of Lokayukta will be completed by March 31 and it will start functioning from April 8.

Government told the bench that it has already appointed former high court judge, Justice as the Lokayukta of the state.

government sought two months more to complete the exercise of asppointing the Government also said it neededa little more time in this regard.

The petitioner, through has also sought a direction to states to provide for effective functioning of the

According to the PIL, the Lokpal and Act 2013 had received presidential assent on January 1, 2014, and came into force from January 16, 2014, but the has not established a Lokpal yet.

The petitioner has alleged that many state governments were "deliberately weakening" the Lokayukta by not providing adequate infrastructure, sufficient budget and workforce.

The apex court has been dealing with the issue of appointment of or the anti-graft ombudsmen in several states.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 21:05 IST