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NEW DELHI: After a stormy two-year tenure as Lokayukta of Nagaland, Justice U N Singh tendered his resignation from the submit on Monday and the Supreme Court directed the state authorities to simply accept it instantly.
The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, agreed to Justice Singh’s demand for safety whereas packing his baggage from Kohima and securing the information of the anti-corruption watchdog physique, however rendered ineffective all “derogatory” remarks made by the Lokayukta in his official orders towards state advocate common Okay N Balgopal. The CJI-led bench stated, “Justice Singh has said by means of his counsel Vikas Singh that his shopper is able to tender resignation from the submit of Lokayukta with instant impact. We settle for the assertion and direct Nagaland authorities to simply accept the resignation instantly.”
Vikas Singh stated court docket ought to direct that there ought to be no misreporting of variations between the Lokayukta and Nagaland authorities and that reporting ought to be primarily based solely on court docket orders.
The bench stated, “How can we pass such an order that there should be no misreporting?”
Justice Singh had specified that “Nagaland or another authority or particular person shall not use or discuss with any materials or averment positioned on report within the current writ petition or related with the problem… for initiating any type of motion, grievance or proceedings or defaming him in media or any different method in anyway in nature which might trigger any stigma in any method to his privileges and standing, skilled, official or in any other case”.
Trouble brewed nearly instantly after Justice Singh was appointed Lokayukta in February 2019 as he sought permission to take up arbitration work regardless of a transparent prohibition for the Lokayukta to take up any work apart from these associated to the statutory place. Justice Singh had later written to the federal government saying he would operate ‘on-line’ from his Delhi residence..
Balgopal stated after the Lokayukta’s official residence was renovated on the state’s expense, Justice Singh demanded allocation of the chief minister’s outdated bungalow for his residence. He additionally requested a senior police officer to buy footwear for him and carried out himself in a fashion to demean the socio-cultural ethos of Naga individuals, the AG had alleged.


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