Top court asks 12 states why ‘Lokayukta’ could not be appointed; CSs to respond within two weeks

advocate is representing the BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, himself a lawyer

Amid talks of curbing corruption, the Supreme Court on Friday asked chief secretaries of 12 states to convey the reasons why Lokayukta have not been appointed in their respective states.

The chief secretaries of West Bengal, Mizoram, Tripura, Orissa, Puducherry, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana, Tamil Nadu have been asked to respond within two weeks time.

Certain sections of media have reported that a bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi asked advocate Gopal Shankaranarayanan as to which states have so far appointed Lokayukta and which have not.

The advocate is representing the BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, himself a lawyer.

It was Upadhyay who filed a PIL stating in the petition that, though the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 came into force from January 16, 2014, the executive has not established a body to be called the “Lokpal” yet.

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