Justice Sanjay Mishra appointed as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh

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Who: Justice Sanjay Mishra
What: Appointed as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh
When: 28 January 2016

Justice Sanjay Mishra was on 28 January 2016 appointed as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh. His appointment was approved by the Supreme Court.

The apex court bench comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Prafulla C Pant recalled the earlier order dated 16 December 2015 appointing Justice Virendra Singh for the post following the objections raised against Singh’s appointment.

Background
The Supreme Court in December 2015 passed order appointing Justice Virendra Singh as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh. It was the first time that apex court exercised its powers to appoint a Lokayutka, after repeated orders to the constitutional authorities of state that it must appoint a new person in the position.

The apex court utilised its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to enforce its own orders to do complete justice.

However, Singh’s appointment aroused objections as Chief Justice had received serious complaints against Justice Singh during his tenure as Chairman of Consumer Redressal Forum in November 2012.