18 Mar, 2019 12:52p.m.

Former SC judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose appointed first Lokpal of India

Former Supreme Court judge and current member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Pinaki Chandra Ghose, is appointed as India’s first anti-corruption ombudsman, or Lokpal after his name was cleared and recommended by the high-level selection committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Justice PC Ghose's appointment has come nearly five years after the Lokpal Act was notified on January 16, 2014.

Other members of the committee are Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi. 

The leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who is part of the committee, did not attend the meeting after he was invited as “special invitee.” Mr. Kharge had refused to attend earlier meetings too, protesting against his being invited as a “special invitee.” 

Social Activist Anna Hazare talked about the success of first Lokpal Bill after a struggle of 9 years. He said, "After 9 years of protest, the court has asked to set the first Lokpal Bill. It means that it happened because of the protest done by people.

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