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SC appoints Sanjay Mishra as UP Lokayukta

In doing so, the court recalled its 16 December order appointing former judge Virendra Singh to the post

New Delhi: The Supreme court on Thursday appointed former Allahabad high court judge Sanjay Mishra as the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta, or anti-corruption ombudsman.

In doing so, the court recalled its 16 December order appointing former judge Virendra Singh to the post.

The court’s verdict came in a case filed by Sachidanand Gupta, a journalist, claiming that the court’s 16 December order appointing former judge Virendra Singh for the post was based on a factual misrepresentation by the state government.

On 16 December, a bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and Prafulla C. Pant, exercising “extraordinary powers of the court," named Virendra Singh, a former judge of the Allahabad high court, as the Lokayukta after the government failed to obey the top court’s orders to make the appointment.

On 19 January, the court was informed that the state government concealed reservations expressed by D.Y. Chandrachud, chief justice of Allahabad high court, on the appointment of Virendra Singh.

“Our pervious order has no life after learning the reservations of the chief justice. We can only wish that the reservation was placed before our appointment of Singh," Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, quoting the court’s order.

The court had said earlier that it would deal with the Uttar Pradesh government appropriately over the misrepresentation of facts.

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