All the six states apprised a bench headed by the Chief Justice through affidavits about the progress made by them.
Nagaland 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 Uma Nath Singh has already started functioning as the state's Lokayukta.
The apex court, which was hearing a petition filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay for appointment of Lokayukta in every state, granted search committee for Tamil Nadu government three months to complete shortlisting of the persons for appointment of ombudsman.
Its counsel submitted that the selection process of Lokayukta will be completed by March 31 and it will start functioning from April 8.
The petitioner, through advocate Gopal Sankarnarayan has also sought a direction to states to provide adequate budgetary allocation and essential infrastructure for effective functioning of the Lokayuktas.
According to the PIL, the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 had received presidential assent on January 1, 2014, and came into force from January 16, 2014, but the executive 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 Lokayuktas or the anti-graft ombudsmen in several states.
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