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1.Heeding the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court’s objections, the Supreme Court on Thursday recalled its order appointing Justice (retired) Virendra Singh as Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta.
2.A Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Prafulla C. Pant then appointed another former High Court judge, Sanjay Misra, as the State’s anti-corruption ombudsman.
3.The decision follows a prolonged litigation that saw the Bench, fed up with the “lack of consensus” among the State’s constitutional authorities — the Chief Minister, the Opposition leader and the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court — went ahead with a rare display of its extraordinary powers vested under Article 142 of the Constitution to appoint Justice Singh as Lokayukta from a list of five names presented to it by the State government on December 16.