GUWAHATI: A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde suggested to the Nagaland Lokayukta Uma Nath Singh to step down in view of the spate of controversies the former high court chief justice has been embroiled in.
The Nagaland government had sought removal of the Lokayukta, alleging various acts of bad taste. Its petition alleged that the Lokayukta has continued to work online from Delhi even though the chief secretary did not approve of this.
While the Nagaland government’s side submitted that the former judge’s assumption of office as Lokayukta had itself flouted the law because he did not discontinue his arbitration work despite it being an office of profit, the Lokayukta’s lawyer said that it was because of the outbreak of Covid-19 that Singh had work from Delhi.
The SC adjourned the case for a week to give the Lokayukta time to ponder over his willingness to call it quits.