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Fresh trouble for Akhilesh Yadav in Lokayukta appointment case

In a fresh trouble for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the Lokayukta appointment case, Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya has “contradicted” his claim that he and the leader of opposition had “agreement on some of the names for consideration including that of Justice (retired) Virendra Singh.”

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In a fresh trouble for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the Lokayukta appointment case, Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya has “contradicted” his claim that he and the leader of opposition had “agreement on some of the names for consideration including that of Justice (retired) Virendra Singh.”

Making it clear that he “never agreed” to any name suggested by the Chief minister, Maurya came out in support of the sequence of events placed by Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court DY Chandrachud in his letter to Governor. In his letter to Governor Ram Naik, Maurya accepted that in the meeting that took place on December 16 morning just before the Supreme court order, Chief Minister had assured the selection committee that name of Virendra Singh would no longer be pressed further as it is not acceptable to Chief Justice.

“I wish to clarify that either on December 15, 2015 or December 16, 2015, I never expressed my agreement on any name proposed by Chief Minister including that of retired justice Virendra Singh. Instead… I said on both the days that I would give my agreement on the name on which both Chief Minister and Chief Justice would agree”, wrote Maurya in his letter to Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on January 6.

The letter has been written by Maurya in response to the letter written by the Chief Minister to Governor dated January 1, 2016, where CM clarified his stand on the issue and letter of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud written to Governor dated December 16, 2015, where Chief Justice alleged that name of Justice Virendra Singh was send to the Supreme Court for consideration despite the fact that CM had promised to exclude name of Virendra Singh from further discussion. Both these letters were forwarded to Maurya by the Governor seeking his response.

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Giving details of the two-day sitting of the selection committee comprising of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and himself, Maurya has informed Governor in his letter, that soon after the first meeting began on December 15 at 6 pm, Akhilesh Yadav proposed name of retired justice Virendra Singh for Lokayukta but after long discussion that continued till 10:45pm at night, Chief Justice did not agree on the name on any ground.

He further informed in his letter that since there was no agreement on any name, another sitting was called on December 16 morning around 9:30am, where Akhilesh Yadav said that name of Virendra Singh would no longer be pressed as it is not acceptable to Chief Justice. However, as no agreement could be achieved on any other name, as per Maurya, Akhilesh Yadav recommended name of sitting judge Justice AN Mittal, to which Chief Justice sought some time and next meeting was called at 5 pm on the same day.

Quoting Chief Minister letter to Governor dated January 1, 2016, which was forwarded to him on January 3, Maurya wrote in his letter that Yadav had said in his letter that out of the names proposed by him on December 16, leader of opposition had agreement on some of the names, which included name of Virendra Singh. Refuting this claim, Maurya has clarified that he “never agreed to any name proposed by the Chief Minister”.

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It may be mentioned that on December 16, Supreme Court exercising its special powers had appointed Justice (retired) Virendra Singh as new Lokayukta of Uttar Padesh after asking for panel of names that were being discussed. The eight-year term of sitting UP Lokayukta NK Mehrotra had ended in March 2014. Supreme Court during a hearing in April 2014 had asked state government to find his replacement within next six months. However, after repeated reminders, the UP Government failed to comply. The Supreme Court then gave UP Government two days time to finalise the new name by December 16.

As a result, two sitting of selection committee comprising of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court DY Chandrachud and Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya were called on December 15 evening and December 16 morning. But as the three could not decide upon any name, Supreme Court on December 16, decided to exercise its special power to select Virendra Singh out of panel of names placed before it.

However, on the same date, UP Chief Justice DY Chandrachud in a letter to UP Governor Ram Naik raised objection over the manner in which State Government included name of Justice (retired) Virendra Singh in the panel of names placed before the court despite being assured by CM that his name was no longer in discussion.

First published on: 11-01-2016 at 01:39:31 am
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