Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has given his approval for appointment of retired Indian Administrative Services(IAS) officer Shambhu Singh Yadav ,a close bureaucrat to the Mulayam Singh Yadav family, as the Up- Lokayukta ( deputy Lokayukta) of the state. A Rajbhawan statement here today said the Governor gave his nod after a mutual agreement between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Lokayukta Justice( Retd) Sanjay Mishra on the name of Sambhu Singh Yadav for the post. The file for the new appointment was sent to the Rajbhawan on July 21 by the state government . Earlier last week, 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. The post was vacant since the term of Swatantra Singh ended last year. Shambhu Singh Yadav, who had retired three years ago, is currently serving on extension.
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.