A communique from Raj Bhavan said tonight that the Allahabad High Court had on July 23 asked the state government to suggest a name after consulting the chief minister, Chief Justice of the High Court and Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly.
Following the court order, the UP government had sent the file to Raj Bhawan yesterday. The communique said that Leader of the Opposition Swami Parsad Maurya today wrote to Governor Ram Naik informing him that the three members never sat together to decide the name of the Lokayukta.
Maurya also said that he was not aware of what correspondence took place between the Chief Justice of High Court and the Chief Minister.
The confrontation over the issue was started with the previous governor in the very first week after the Akhilesh Yadav government came to power in 2012, when it had sought to extend the term of the Lokayukta from six years to eight.
The government had its way and the sitting Lokayukta, N K Mehrotra, completed nine years in office. This time, the government officially recommended Singh's name on August 5. The file has since gone back and forth two times from each side.

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