NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear on February 3 the petition filed by the Narendra Modi government against the Gujarat High Court order upholding the appointment of Mr Justice (retd) R A Mehta as state Lokayukta.
The Gujarat government has contended that the appointment of Mr Justice Mehta was illegal and violated the federal structure enshrined in the Constitution.
The petitioner has also submitted that the state government was not taken into confidence by state Governor Ms Kamla Beniwal while appointing Mr Justice Mehta as Lokayukta of the state.
Gujarat is without a Lokayukta for a long time.
The matter was referred to third Judge Mr Justice V M Sahai in the High Court after a Division bench of Mr Justice Akil Kureshi and Ms Justice Sonia Gokhani delivered a split verdict on the issue.
Mr Justice Sahai said he concurred with the judgement of Mr Justice Kureshi, who had upheld the Lokayukta appointment. The junior judge on the Bench, Ms Justice Gokani had quashed Mr Justice Mehta’s appointment, terming it unconstitutional.