The apex court also made clear that it would not send the appointment issue back to the empowered collegium consisting the Chief Minister, the Leader of Opposition and Chief Justice of the High Court as it had failed to comply with its orders on the appointment of Lokayukta for nearly 20 months.
    
At the outset, the bench, comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Prafulla C Pant, made clear that it was not going to vacate its order appointing Justice Singh as Lokayukta till there were compelling circumstances to do so.
    
"Unless there are compelling reasons shocking our conscience, we will not vacate our order," the bench said, asking senior advocate TR Andhyarujina to substantiate the allegations that had made the Chief Justice of the High Court to oppose Justice Singh's name for the post.

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