Narendra Modi has reasonable apprehension against Lokayukta: NGO to SC

Narendra Modi

Alleging that the past conduct of the Lokayukta reflected bias against the state government, the NCCL said, "If a person by his conduct or utterances has evinced antipathy toward another person or body or entity or has expressed disapprobation in that case, a reasonable person may well have a reasonable apprehension of bias."

Earlier, in a written statement, the NGO had contended that the appointment of Justice Mehta as the Lokayukta of the state was in "breach of law" and "in defiance of the

ministerial advice."

The state government had said the governor has to act on the advice of the Cabinet and its consent is must for the appointment of Lokayukta.

It had argued that the appointment was done by Governor Beniwal without following due procedure in an unconstitutional manner.

The state government had also said the governor had exercised his personal discretion unilaterally and issuing of the warrant of appointment of Lokayukta by him was "unwarranted".

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.

The high court had on January 18 rejected the Gujarat government's plea against the appointment, three months after it had given a split verdict.

Justice V M Sahai, who decided the matter as a third judge had said the "pranks" played by the chief minister on the Lokayukta issue "demonstrates deconstruction of our democracy."

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