Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik on Friday appointed retired Justice Virendra Singh (in pic) as the new Lokayukta of the state, a Raj Bhavan official said.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had sent the file pertaining to the appointment of Singh to the Raj Bhavan late Thursday for Naik’s approval.

Justice Singh will be sworn in at Raj Bhavan on December 20 at 10.30 am.

This brings the curtains down on the controversy surrounding the appointment of the ombudsman.

While a tug of war had ensued between the state, the governor and the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court over the names recommended initially by the government, leading to a stalemate, the Supreme Court had earlier this week appointed Virendra Singh as the new Lokayukta.

Earlier, Allahabad High Court Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud  criticised the UP government for putting the name of Justice (retd) Virendra Singh in the list sent to the Supreme Court for the appointment of the Lokayukta, and also for “failing” to inform the apex court that a panel had “nearly reached” an understanding on a name.

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