The Supreme Court on Monday slammed those states which had not appointed state Lokayuktas yet in the appointment of Lokpal Lokayuktas petition.
Nagaland government will file an affidavit explaining the delay in appointment of Lokayukta till next hearing while the Tamil Nadu Government was directed to complete the process of Lokayukta appointment within four months.
Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said, "We want to be harsh but are refraining from saying anything at this stage."
The petition was filed by advocate and BJP leader, Ashwini Upadhyay, seeking a direction to expeditiously appoint Lokpal at the Centre, Lokayukta in states and provide a citizen charter in every departmentto ensure time-bound deliveryof goods and services.
As per provisions of theLokpalandLokayuktasAct, 2013, aLokpalas anti-corruption authority or ombudsman would be set up at the Central level, while a Lokayukta will be set up in each state.
In July last year, the Supreme Court had expressed its displeasure over non-appointment ofLokpalby the central government. In September, thePrime MinisterNarendra Modi-led Central government had appointed a Search Committee to nominate the chairperson and members of theLokpal. Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai was nominated as chairperson of the committee.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court asked the LokpalSearch Committee to complete its task of short-listing names for aLokpalby February-end and submit the list for consideration to the Selection Committee. The apex court will hear the plea on March 7. (ANI)