New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday set aside the appointment of justice (retd) Chandrashekaraiah as Upa Lokayukta (deputy ombudsman) of Karnataka on the grounds that he was appointed by the government without consultation with the chief justice of the Karnataka high court.
A bench of justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Madan B. Lokur held that consultation with the chief justice is mandatory before the appointment of the Upa Lokayukta.
The bench, however, made it clear that there was nothing against justice Chandrashekaraiah and he can again be considered by the state government for the post.
The bench said the chief minister had committed an error by not consulting the chief justice and held that the appointment of the Upa Lokayukta (deputy ombudsman) was void ab initio (to be treated as invalid from the outset).