Justice Tahaliyani to be appointed As a Maha lokayukta in Maharashtra
High-profile Justice M L Tahaliyani will be the new lokayukta of the state. Since governor C. Vidyasagar Rao has approved the proposal, an official order on Tahaliyani's .
Known as a tough and fair judge in the corridors of power, Tahaliyani shot into the limelight after he convicted Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai in 2008. Tahaliyani pronounced his landmark order on August 29, 2014. His order was upheld by the high court and the Supreme Court. As a result, Kasab was sent to the gallows.
Tahaliyani began his career as a lawyer in the Vidarbha region in 1975. Subsequently, he was appointed as assistant public prosecutor in Naxal- infested Gadhiroli in 1979. He was appointed as the metropolitan magistrate in 1997, chief metropolitan magistrate in 1997 and elevated as the judge of the Bombay high court in 2011. Besides the sensitive Kasab case, Tahaliyani has handled several high-profile cases.
Justice Tahaliyani will succeed Justice P B Gaikwad, whose five-year term ended on July 1, 2014 after which the post has been lying vacant. The post of Uplokayutka has lying vacant from November 30, 2014, after the end of the five-year term of former chief secretary Johny Joseph. Maharashtra was the first state to appoint lokayukta in 1971, no measures were taken to amend the Lokayukta Act to give more powers to the lokayukta.