NEW DELHI, Jan 2 – In a big blow to the Narendra Modi government, the Supreme Court today upheld the appointment of Justice (retd) RA Mehta as Gujarat Lokayukta by Governor Kamla Beniwal, while noting that the post lying vacant for nine years reflected a “very sorry state of affairs”, reports PTI.The apex court also faulted the Governor saying she “misjudged her role” for appointing Mehta without holding consultations with the State Government.
Sharp differences over Mehta’s appointment between Modi and the Governor had triggered a constitutional crisis in the state. The Modi Government moved the Gujarat High Court contending that the Governor could not appoint Lokayukta without aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.
The Governor held her ground asserting that her decision was based on consultations with the Gujarat High Court Chief Justice.
A bench of justices B S Chauhan and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla dismissed Modi Government’s plea that the appointment was illegal as it was done without consulting it.