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Government approach high court appointment new Lokayukta

GOA: Goa Lokayukta P K Misra’s term ending on Wednesday, the state government has decided to approach the high court for appointment of the new Lokayukta. There are around 75 cases pending before the office of the Lokayukta. Misra had taken the oath of office on April 28, 2016. The Goa cabinet dragged its feet for almost three years before the appointment was done.
 
The first Goa Lokayukta, former Supreme Court judge Justice Sudershan Reddy, was appointed in March 2013, but resigned within seven months, citing personal reasons. Chief minister Pramod Sawant said that the government will write to the high court for suggesting names of retired judges to fill the vacant position.
 
Panaji-based lawyer Aires Rodrigues had approached the high court seeking a direction to the government to select a new Lokayukta to assume the office after the incumbent’s term ends. In his petition, Rodrigues had said that the government by now should have initiated the process to appoint the new Lokayukta.

The News24 Goa

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