Ex-Supreme Court judge PC Ghose likely to become India's first Lokpal

Ex-Supreme Court judge PC Ghose likely to become India's first Lokpal

Courtesy : Agencies20/03/2019 09:24

Retired Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose is likely to become India's first Lokpal or anti-corruption watchdog, reports said.

PC Ghose was appointed the country first's Lokpal after the Supreme Court set a deadline for the government.

His 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.

The leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Congress member, who is part of the committee, did not attend the meeting. The official announcement is likely to be made early next week.

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.

PC Ghose's name was selected in one of the earlier meetings by the Lokpal Search Committee.

PC Ghose retired in May 2017 and is presently a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The former Supreme Court judge had convicted Sasikala in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case.

The announcement has come days after the Supreme Court sought to know, within 10 days, the possible date for the Selection Committee's meeting to finalise names for the Lokpal.

The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna told Attorney General KK Venugopal to inform the bench of the date after he said that the Search Committee had, on February 28, recommended three names each for the three posts.

The bench, however, declined the plea by lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan to make public the panel of names shortlisted by the Search Committee.


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