SC fight lost, Gujarat asks Lokayukta to take charge

A day after the Supreme Court upheld the appointment of R A Mehta as the Lokayukta of Gujarat, the state government Thursday requested him to take charge.

Mehta, on his part, said he has not decided as yet on when to take charge.

Advocate General Kamal Trivedi and General Administration Department secretary Harsh Brahmbhatt visited Mehta. "They requested me to take charge of the Lokayukta office on behalf of the state government," Mehta said.

Brahmbhatt said they had gone to request Mehta to take charge of the office. Trivedi could not be contacted.

Mehta was appointed in August 2011 by Governor Kamla Beniwal, who overruled the state government led by Chief Minister Narendra Modi. This had resulted into a landmark legal fight over Mehta's appointment, which ended Wednesday when the Supreme Court upheld the appointment and dismissed the state government's appeal.

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