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Justice Satyendra Kumar Singh Sworn in as New Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh

Justice Satyendra Kumar Singh was appointed as the new Lokayukta (anti-corruption ombudsman) of Madhya Pradesh. He took the oath of office on Sunday night, with the ceremony being administered by Governor Mangubhai Patel at Raj Bhavan.

Opposition’s Objection

The appointment of Justice Singh as the new Lokayukta has faced criticism from the opposition Congress party, which has termed the appointment as “unconstitutional.” Umang Singhar, the Leader of Opposition in the MP Assembly, has written to Chief Minister Mohan Yadav, accusing the state government of making the appointment without following the constitutional process.

Alleged Violation of Due Process

Singhar, who is a member of the selection committee as the Leader of Opposition, claimed that the Lokayukta was appointed without his consent, which he alleged is required as per the provisions of the Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta Adhiniyam, 1981. He stated that the appointment should have been made after following due process and demanded that it be canceled.

Role of the Lokayukta

The Lokayukta is an anti-corruption authority constituted at the state level to probe allegations of corruption against government servants. It plays a crucial role in ensuring transparency and accountability in public administration.

Constitutional Debate

The opposition’s objection to Justice Singh’s appointment has raised questions about the constitutional process and the role of the Leader of Opposition in the selection committee. The debate highlights the importance of adhering to established procedures and ensuring transparency in the appointment of crucial oversight bodies like the Lokayukta.

As the new Lokayukta takes charge, the controversy surrounding Justice Satyendra Kumar Singh’s appointment has brought to light the differing interpretations of the constitutional provisions and the need for a clear and transparent process in such appointments. The resolution of this debate will have implications for the integrity and effectiveness of the anti-corruption mechanism in Madhya Pradesh.

Important takeaways for all Competitive Exam:

  • Madhya Pradesh Capital: Bhopal (Executive Branch);
  • Madhya Pradesh Bird: Indian paradise flycatcher;
  • Madhya Pradesh Flower: White lily;
  • Madhya Pradesh Formation: 26 January 1950.

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