Pranoy Kumar Musahary takes charge as first Meghalaya Lokayukta chairperson

Shillong, November 7: Justice Pranoy Kumar Musahary, who retired as a judge of the Gauhati High Court, was sworn in on Tuesday as the chairperson of Meghalaya’s first Lokayukta.

Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy administered the oath of office Justice Musahary at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhawan.

Tourism Minister Metbah Lyngdoh, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui , Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma and senior government and defence officials were present in the ceremony.

Following his swearing in, Musahary told the media, “I appeal to the public to cooperate with the Lokayukta by filing complaints about people indulging in corruption.”

“I request the government to take necessary steps for appointment of other four members of the Lokayukta immediately,” said Justice Musahary.

The selection committee named Musahary as the chairman of the ombudsman in July after the Supreme Court in April asked several states, including Meghalaya, to complete the process at the earliest.

The previous Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government had introduced the new Meghalaya Lokayukta Bill, 2014, for repealing the Meghalaya Lokayukta Act, 2012.