Lokayukta is people's hope for battling corruption: Gujarat HC

Sharply criticising Narendra Modi, Justice V M Sahai of the Gujarat High Court said the "pranks" played by the Chief Minister on the Lokayukta issue "demonstrates desctruction of our democracy" and thathad sparked a "constitutional mini-crisis".

Rejecting Gujarat Government's petition challenging appointment of Justice (retd) R A Mehta as Lokayukta by Governor Dr Kamla Beniwal, Justice Sahai said Modi's "questionable" conduct of "stonewalling" the appointment of Justice Mehta threatened the rule of law.

Justice Sahai, the third judge who heard the case after split verdict of a division bench, said the Chief Minister's effort to metastasise the procedure for appointment of Lokayukta by issuing the Gujarat Lokayukta (Amendment) Ordinance, 2011, were "deprave and truculent" actions.

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