Meeting to select new UP Lokayukta inconclusive

Lucknow:The marathon meeting to appoint a new Lokayukta in Uttar Pradesh remained inconclusive tonight as the selection committee failed to reach a consensus.

The three-member selection committee comprising Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court DY Chandrachud and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya could not hanner out a name and will meet tomorrow again, a senior official said.

The meeting, which began at 6 PM, continued for almost five hours to meet a Supreme Court deadline.

The emergency meeting was held a day after the apex court pulled up the state government for not appointing Lokayukta in the state despite its directions and ordered compliance by December 16, saying it seemed that appointing authorities have their “own agenda”.

The present ombudsman Justice N K Mehtrotra has already spent nine years in office.