SC upholds Justice Mehta's appointment as Gujarat Lokayukta
Posted on: 02 Jan 2013
New Delhi : In a setback to the Gujarat government, the Supreme Court today upheld the appointment of Justice (retd) R A Mehta as state Lokayukta by Governor Kamla Beniwal, saying it was done in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court.
A bench of justices B S Chauhan and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla dismissed the Gujarat government's plea that the appointment
was illegal as it was done without consulting it.
The bench said that the Governor is bound to act under the advice of the Council of Ministers, but the appointment of
Justice Mehta is right as it was done in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court.
The apex court said that Justice Mehta can go ahead with his work as Lokayukta.
The Governor had on August 25, 2011 appointed Justice Mehta to the post of Lokayukta, which had been lying vacant
for the last eight years.