The apex court, which was hearing a petition filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay for appointment of Lokayukta in every state, granted search committee for Tamil Nadu government three months to complete shortlisting of the persons for appointment of ombudsman. All the six states apprised a bench headed by the Chief Justice through affidavits about the progress made by them. Nagaland Government, which on October 31 last gave an undertaking before the apex court that it would appoint the state
Lokayukta within three months, said former high court judge, Justice Uma Nath Singh has already started functioning as the state’s Lokayukta. The Odisha government informed the bench that
the Lokayukta will take charge in the state on April 8 this year. West Bengal Government told the bench that it has already appointed former high court judge, Justice Ashim Kumar Roy as the Lokayukta of the state. The Manipur government sought two months more to complete the exercise. Mizoram Government also said it needed a little more time in this regard. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 had received presidential assent on January 1, 2014, and came into force from January 16, 2014, but the executive has not established a Lokpal yet.