Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court today rejected Odisha Government’s plea to allow another three-month time period for constitution of Lokpal.
The apex court directed State Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi to specify a particular date for implementation of the same and inform the court.
In July the Supreme Court directed the Odisha government to complete the process for appointment of the Lokayukta within two months.
The apex court’s directive came after Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi submitted a status report on the initiative taken by the State Government in this regard then.
Though Odisha was first state to pass the Lokayukta Bill on February 14, 2014, after the Lokpal Bill was cleared by Parliament in December 2013 and the Bill received President’s nod in 2015, but even after a lapse of three years, the State did not appointment a Lokayukta.
Taking a strong exception to the inordinate delay in the appointment of Lokayukta, the Supreme Court in April had rejected the six-month time and directed the Chief Secretary to submit a status report on steps taken for the appointment of a Lokayukta before July 10.
Four days before the end of the apex court deadline, the Odisha government on October 7 had picked the fifth member of the Lokayukta Appointment Committee.