Justice Reva Khetrapal, who has given judgements in a number of high-profile cases, including the December 16 gang-rape case, will be the Delhi’s new Lokayukta. The former Delhi High Court judge was was chosen unanimously by a four-member panel comprising of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court G Rohini and Leader of the Opposition Vijender Gupta.
Jung will recommend her name to President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday for the formal appointment.
The post was lying vacant since November 2013 after retired Justice Manmohan Sarin relinquished office. Since then, BJP and Congress had been accusing the AAP government for delaying to fill up the post. The 63-year-old judge said as Delhi’s Lokayukta, she will focus on being “just and fair”. “If I can be just and fair, I would have served my purpose,” she said.
Justice Khetrapal, who hails from Shimla, is an alumnus of Delhi University. She practised in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court from 1975 to 1991.
She was additional judge in the Delhi High Court between February 28, 2006 and September 22, 2014. She was later posted as special judge (narcotics) in 1994 and was appointed secretary, Press Council of India in 1999. In 2006, she was elevated to the HC and retired in September 2014.
The other two judges whose names were suggested by the AAP government were retired Chief Justice of Orissa High Court Bilal Nazki and retired Chief Justice of Haryana and Punjab High Court Jasbir Singh.
Earlier in August, former Law Commission chairman and former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court A P Shah had turned down the AAP government’s offer to take up the post.
“The institution of Lokayukta is crucial to ensure corruption free governance and to maintain high level of probity in the public domain,” said BJP’s Vijender Gupta. As per Delhi Lokayukta and Uplokayukta Act, 1995, term of Lokayukta is for five years.