The Madras High Court, while lauding the appointment of Lok Ayukta to go into corruption charges against public servants, has however stayed the appointment of two non-judicial members on the ground that they are ineligible for the post.
Staying the GO relating to the appointment of retired IAS officer M Rajaram and advocate K Arumugham, a division of Justices N Kirubhakaran and S S Sundar made it clear that the Lok Ayukta can start functioning with the Chairman and other members.
The bench ordered notice and posted further hearing of a public interest litigation in this regard to April 22. The court noted that Rajaraman is a serving member of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission and as such he can only be appointed to the UPSC or any state PSC and not to the Lok Ayukta as a non-judicial member.
The court also said advocate K Arumugham is secretary of the AIADMK legal wing in Coimbatore and this is violative of the provision that a member appointed to the Lok Ayukta should not belong to any political party and should not have any business or profession.
The judges said their appointments were not in consonance with the Tamil Nadu Lok Ayukta Act of 2018 and the GO was liable to be stayed.