On Monday, the Supreme Court accepted the offer made by Retired Justice Uma Nath Singh who is currently the Nagaland Lok Ayukta amid the tussle between him and Nagaland Government.
Senior Advocate Vikas Singh who appeared for Lok Ayukta submitted a proposal to resign before a bench headed by Hon’ble Chief Justice of India.
The Bench accepted the offer and directed the Nagaland Government to take further steps regarding Justice Singh’s resignation.
The Bench also allowed Justice Singh to visit the Lok Ayukta office to collect his personal belongings and directed him to be given adequate protection during the visit.
Senior counsel Vikas Singh agreed for the expunging of remarks made by the Lok Ayukta against the Advocate General of Nagaland K N Balagopal and the AOR who had filed the petition in the Apex Court against him. The Hon’ble Supreme Court agreed to the expunction of those remarks as well.
During Justice Singh’s earlier posting, the CJI suggested that Justice Singh resign from the post after Justice Singh insisted that he would only be able to discharge his duties from Delhi.
In the statement submitted before the Court later, Justice Singh stated that he was willing to step down as suggested by the Supreme Court provided that the Court would restrain the State government from defaming him in public.
In his note of the submission, Justice Singh urged the Apex court that nobody should be allowed to tarnish his image and only factual reporting about the proceedings and Court’s order should be allowed.
The top Court also quashed a criminal case pending before a Kohima Magistrate which involved his security officers. Justice Singh stated that he had no objections as the accused had apologised.
In 2016, Justice Singh was in the limelight after asking the Centre to provide Z security to the chief justice and Y security to other Meghalaya judges even after retirement, citing security reasons.