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SC dissmisses Gujarat govt’s curative petition on Lokayukta

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s last hope for quashing of Justice (retd) R A Mehta’s appointment as Lokayukta was dashed on Thursday with the Supreme Court dismissing the state government’s curative petition for re-examining its verdict upholding the selection.

A five-judge bench headed by outgoing Chief Justice Altamas Kabir did not find merit in the curative petition filed by the Modi government after dismissal of review petition and appeal against the Gujarat high court’s decision holding Justice Mehta’s appointment by Governor Kamla Beniwal as valid and legal.

Curative petition, which is decided generally in judges’ chamber, by the three senior most judges and the judges who delivered the impugned judgement, is the last procedural resort for a party to seek redressal against the apex court verdict.

The bench, also comprising justices P Sathasivam, G S Singhvi, B S Chauhan and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla dismissed the curative plea of Gujarat which was filed after its petition seeking review of the 2 January verdict was dismissed.
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