The bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R. Banumathi directed that the Chief Secretaries of 11 states including six north-eastern states– Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh–to inform the court on the steps taken for the appointment of Lokayukta or Uplokayukta in two weeks’ time.
The top court also asked the Chief Secretaries to explain the reasons for non-appointment of Lokayukta/ Uplokayukta in their respective states/ UT.
“The Chief Secretary of the State of Orissa will also file an affidavit as to whether the office of the Lokayuka/ Uplokayukta in the State is functional,” the court said in its order.
The 11 states and a UT, which have not appointed Lokayukta or Uplokayukta, include Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh.
The court order came on a petition filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader and top court lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, seeking appointment of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta in the states.