Surendra Kumar Yadav, a retired judge who gave the verdict in the high-profile Babri mosque demolition case last year, took oath as the deputy Lokayukta in Uttar Pradesh today.
As a special CBI court judge, Mr. Yadav, on September 30, 2020, absolved all the 32 accused.
Which included BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti, and Kalyan Singh, in the case of Babri mosque’s demolition in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
“Yadav was appointed as third ‘up-Lokayukta by the Governor on April 6. On Monday, Yadav was administered oath by Lokayukta Sanjay Mishra in the presence of other senior officers,” an official statement said.
The anti-corruption watchdog composes the Lokayukta and three “up-Lokayukta”.
The other two up-Lokayukta are Shambu Singh Yadav, appointed on August 4, 2016, and Dinesh Kumar Singh, appointed on June 6, 2020.
The Lokayukta is of a non-political background and functions as a statutory authority probing cases related to corruption, government mismanagement, or abuse of power by public servants or ministers.