Govt official, AG meet Mehta, urge to take charge as Lokayukta

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 20:03 hrs

A day after the Supreme Court upheld appointment of Justice (retd) R A Mehta as Lokayukta by the Governor, a Gujarat government official and Advocate General of the High Court on Thursday met the retired judge at his residence and requested him to take charges as Lokayukta of the state. However, Mehta was yet to take a decision on taking charge as Lokayukta.

Mehta's appointment as Lokayukta by the Governor, despite opposition from the Narendra Modi government, was upheld by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Following this development a senior level bureaucrat from the state government's General Administration Department (GAD) and the Advocate General of the High Court visited Mehta at his residence on Thursday and requested him to take charge.

Mehta, when contacted, confirmed that the state government officials and advocate general had come to meet his on Thursday. He however, said that he had not yet decided to take up the charge of Lokayukta of state as of now.

Yesterday, after the Supreme Court Mehta had declined to comment whether he would take charge or not. He had further said, "I don't think Modi government's attitude will be a challenge for Lokayukt." He had welcomed the SC decision and said that it will be acceptable to all.

Gujarat government had also stated that they would implement the SC order at the earliest.

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