Agartala: Tripura government has appointed a veteran lawyer K N Bhattacharjee as the new Lokayukta of Tripura Friday to deal with the complaints of corruption against public servants and functionaries under Tripura Lokayukta Act, 2008.
He will be the third Lokayukta of the state and the first lawyer to be appointed to the post. Justice Pradip Kumar Sarkar, a former judge of the Gujarat and Guwahati high courts was the first Lokayukta of Tripura was appointed in 2012 and he was succeeded by former Judge of Kolkata and Andhra Pradesh high courts Justice Subal Baidya in 2017.
However, the post has been lying vacant after Justice Baidya relinquished it last year after the completion of three years term.
Recently, the Chief Minister in consultation with the Speaker and Leader of the Opposition recommended the senior advocate of the High Court of Tripura as Lokayukta to the Governor.
In a notification General Administration (AR) Department said in the exercise of the power conferred by section-3 of the Act Governor is pleased to appoint K N Bhattacharjee as Lokayukta, Tripura for three years term with effect from the date he assumes charge.