Gujarat high court refutes Modi's objection to Lokyukta's appointment
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Gujarat has dismissed chief minister 's petition against the appointment of the without consenting the council of members yesterday. Modi's government has lodged a petition to the of India challenging the decision.
Retired high court justicewas appointed as the Lokayukta (an official ombudsman) last August. Soon after, the Gujarat state government objected the appointment in the high court on the grounds a failure to consult the was illegal. Further, Modi said that Mehta was unsuitable as some of his views were "anti-Gujarat".
Justice Sonia Gokani backed Modi's objection and called the appointment "unconstitutional" for the governor could act only upon the consent of the council of ministers. Justice Akil Kureshi favoured the appointment citing that Modi was consulted by the chief justice. He stressed on the fact that the post was vacant for seven years.
The case was then judged by justice V M Sahai following the divided opinions of Gokani and Kureshi. Sahai analysed the points of disagreement between Gokani and Kureshi, upholding Kureshi's views. The court dismissed Modi's case accordingly.
Thursday saw Modi's government file a Supreme Court petition challenging the High Court's decision.
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