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Appoint ombudsman in 3 months after making law: SC to U'khand

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today directed the to appoint the state within three months after the passage of the Lokayukta Bill in the assembly.

A bench comprising and Justices A M Khanwilkar and considered the submission of the state that it has already introduced a new Lokayukta Bill in the assembly whiuch was likely to be cleared in the upcoming session.

The bench asked the state to appoint the Lokayukta after the passage of the new and disposed of the PIL filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.

Upadhyay had said the Lokayukta Act, 2011 was one of the "best and effective" measures which was unanimously passed by the assembly in 2011.

"This writ is being filed...for the implementation of the Lokayukta Act, 2011. Uttarakhand is without a Lokayukta since September 2013, while more than 700 complaints related to are pending," his plea said.

The apex had on August 12 last year sought a response from the state on the PIL seeking a direction to it to appoint the Lokayukta.

The Uttarakhand brings "the chief minister, all ministers, all legislators and all government servants under the ambit of the Lokayukta with a provision of punishment up to life imprisonment and forfeiture of property", the plea said.

Former chief ministers, ministers, MLAs and retired officials also come under its purview, it added.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 19:50 IST