NEW DELHI: Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose has been appointed as India’s first Lokpal.
According to a press communique issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday, President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed the Chairman of the Lokpal along with other members of the anti-corruption watchdog.
Lokpal is a three-member, anti-corruption watchdog comprising a chairman, a judicial and non-judicial member.
The members of the Lokpal will include eight members - former High Court judges and civil servants.
The four other judicial members are Justices Dilip B. Bhosale, Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Justice Abhilasha Kumari and Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court Ajay Kumar Tripathi.
The non-judicial members are former first woman Chief of Sashastra Seema Bal Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, former IRS officer Mahender Singh and ex-IAS officer Indrajeet Prasad Gautam.
On Sunday, PC Ghose's name was finalised and recommended in a Selection Committee meeting comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi.
Justice Ghose retired as Supreme Court judge in May 2017. He had assumed charge as Supreme Court judge on March 8, 2013.
66-year old Ghose is a member of the National Human Rights Commission since 29th June 2017.
The Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, which envisages appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into cases of corruption against public servants, was passed in 2013.
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