Ahmedabad: In a surprise move, Gujarat Governor Dr Kamla announced the appointment of Justice (Retd) R A Mehta as the Lokyukta of the state, bypassing the state government. Reacting swiftly to the announcement, the Gujarat government moved the Gujarat High Court on Friday challenging the decision of the Governor.

Now, the High Court is in dilemma whether it can issue a notice to the Governor or not. Mehta is a former judge of the Gujarat High Court.

Narendra Modi-led government was in tight spot over the appointment of a Lokayukta in the state for over seven years. On August 3, the High Court had issued a notice to the state government asking it to reason out delay in the appointment.

Earlier, the Governor and Gujarat High Court had recommended for the appointment of Justice R A Mehta as Lokayukta.

However, the Modi government is now irked with the Governor’s decision.

According to state government spokesman Jai Narayan Vyas, the main reason for non-appointment of the Lokayukta was the absence of leader of the Opposition, Gohil, who was not present in most of the meetings.

“The Governor should have taken care of the constitutional tradition and relation with the Raj Bhavan and the government,” Vyas said.

The hearing is posted for August 30 in this matter.

JPN/Bureau