Lokayukta: Guj govt to implement SC verdict

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 15:35 hrs

The Gujarat government on Wednesday said it would soon implement the Supreme Court verdict that the appointment of retired judge RA Mehta as the Gujarat's Lokayukta was valid.

Gujarat Law Minister Bhupindersinh Chudasama told media: "We will soon implement the Supreme Court judgement on Lokayukta."

"The Supreme Court has accepted Gujarat government´s contention that governor has to act as per the advice of the council of ministers," he said.

The apex court´s ruling was a blow to Narendra Modi, who was recently elected as the state´s chief minister for the third time after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the Assembly election in the state last month.

Modi had challenged the appointment on the grounds that Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal had not consulted his cabinet.

However, the apex court said that the Governor had consulted the cabinet ahead of the appointment.

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