August 10, 2022

More than a year after the post fell vacant in the national capital, Jharkhand High Court’s former judge Harish Chandra Mishra has been appointed as Lokayukta of Delhi for a term of five years.

Lokayukta is empowered to inquire into allegations against public functionaries including the Chief Minister or any minister, MLAs, corporators and other such persons holding highest positions of government bodies. Justice (retd.) Reva Khetrapal had retired as Delhi Lokayukta on December 15 in 2020.

Mishra, who will turn 63 on March 27, was appointed as a judge of the Jharkhand High Court in April 2011 and retired on March 26 last year. Mishra was made Acting Chief Justice of the High Court in August 2019 following the death of the then Acting Chief Justice Prashant Kumar and remained on the post till November 2019.

Two petitions seeking appointment of Lokayukta are pending in the Delhi High Court. The Delhi government on February 24 had told the court it was in the process of appointing a Lokayukta.

BJP leader Ashwani Upadhyay, who is one of the petitioners before the court, had submitted that more than 100 cases against MLAs are pending before the office of Lokayukta. Another petition, which alleged unauthorised construction and encroachment of public land by a BJP corporator, also sought immediate appointment of a Lokayukta in Delhi in January.

Mishra, whose father Justice Vishwanath Mishra was a judge of Patna High Court, was initially an officer of the Bihar Superior…

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