Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik today administered oath to former bureaucrat Shambhu Singh Yadav as the new up-Lokayukta (Deputy Lokayukta) of the state. The oath ceremony was held at the Rajbhawan this morning in the presence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Lokayukta Justice(Retd) Sanjay Mishra and several other digniteries. A retired Indian Administrative Services(IAS) officer Shambhu Singh Yadav ,a close bureaucrat to the Mulayam Singh Yadav family. Last month, the UP government had recommended Mr Yadav, a retired 1997-batch IAS officer and presently posted as ex-officio OSD and secretary to the Chief Minister for the post of Up-Lokayukta. UP governor gave his nod on July 28. The post was vacant since the term of Swatantra Singh ended last year. Talking to media after the oath the new deputy Lokayukta Mr Yadav expressed that he will work as per the law and will maintain the decorum and transparency of the constitutional institution. Shambhu Singh Yadav, who had retired three years ago, was serving on extension in the CM secretriat.
He is considered close to the Yadav family and had served as special secretary to SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav during the latter’s tenure as Chief Minister. The selection of Up-Lokayukta takes place under consultation with the Lokayukta and, unlike the latter’s appointment, there is no requirement to consult Chief Justice of Allahabad. Swatantra Singh was appointed Up-Lokayukta on October 1, 2007 and served until the end of his term in September 2015. However, amendments in the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta Act now allows the sitting up-Lokayukta to continue until the new appointment has been finalised. Earlier, even the appointment of Lokayukta went through a strenuous process when the Supreme Court had to intervene to end the inordinate delay and the state government’s refusal to appoint one even after being urged by the apex court on several occasions. The Supreme Court finally exercised its powers and appointed Sanjay Mishra as the new Lokayukta of UP earlier this year.