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Justice (retd) Sanjay Mishra sworn in as new UP Lokayukta

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jan 31, 2016, 7:04 pm IST
Updated Jan 31, 2016, 7:04 pm IST
Retired judge of Allahabad High Court Justice Sanjay Mishra was sworn in as the new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: ANI/Twitter)
 Retired judge of Allahabad High Court Justice Sanjay Mishra was sworn in as the new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: ANI/Twitter)

Lucknow: Retired judge of Allahabad High Court Justice Sanjay Mishra was on Saturday sworn in as the new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh bringing to an end a bitter year-long feud between Raj Bhawan and the state government on the appointment of the anti-graft ombudsman.

The new Lokayukta was administered oath by Governor Ram Naik at a brief function at Raj Bhawan.

He would replace justice (retd) N K Mehrotra, who was appointed Lokayukta on March 16, 2006 and had a nearly ten-year tenure.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was present at the swearing-in ceremony along with his senior cabinet ministers.

Besides the chief minister, two other members of the selection panel -- Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court D Y Chandrachud and Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya -- were present. Expelled SP leader Amar Singh was also present.

The appointment of Lokayukta had snowballed into a major controversy last year with the Governor refusing to accept the name of Justice (retd) Raveendra Singh and asking the chief minister to follow proper procedure for selecting the ombudsman.

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