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breaking news Appointment process for new Lokpal leader begins as Judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose’s term ends on May 27

The Center has begun the process of appointing the next head of anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal as outgoing judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose is expected to complete his term later this month, officials said on Monday.

The Lokpal is headed by a president and can have eight members – four judicial and the rest non-judicial.

Currently, the Lokpal has six members and the two positions of judicial members have been vacant for more than two years. The Lokpal Act, which provides for the appointment of a Lokpal in the Center and Lokayuktas in the states to investigate corruption cases against certain categories of public officials, was passed in 2013.

On March 23, 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in to Judge Ghose as President of Lokpal. Judge Ghose will complete his term on May 27. A process has been launched for the appointment of the next head of Lokpal, an official said.

A Lokpal chief and his members are appointed for a term of five years or until the age of 70. Justice Ghose, born on May 28, 1952, will complete his term as leader of Lokpal after reaching the age of 70, the official said.

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Justice Dilip B Bhosale resigned as a member of Lokpal in January 2020, citing personal reasons, nine months after his appointment to the post. Another member of Lokpal, Judge (retired) Ajay Kumar Tripathi died after suffering cardiac arrest at the AIIMS Trauma Center here on May 2, 2020.

A Lokpal leader and his members are appointed by the president after obtaining the recommendations of a selection committee headed by the prime minister and comprising the president of the Lok Sabha, the leader of the opposition in the lower house, the chief justice of India or a judge. of the Supreme Court appointed by him, and an eminent jurist recommended by the president and the members of the selection panel.

The Selection Committee headed by the Prime Minister shall, for the purpose of selecting the President and members of Lokpal and preparing a panel of persons to be considered for such appointment, constitute a Selection Committee consisting of at least seven persons from reputation and having knowledge and expertise in matters relating to anti-corruption policy, public administration, due diligence, policy-making, finance including insurance and banking, law and management, in accordance with the Lokpal law.

An earlier search committee set up for this purpose had in February 2019 invited applications from eligible candidates for appointment as president and members of Lokpal.

Lokpal had received 4,244 corruption complaints between April 2021 and January 31, 2022, a jump of more than 80% from 2020-21, according to a response from RTI.

It had received 1,427 complaints in 2019-20. A total of 4,244 complaints (including format and non-format) were received online/offline and via email during the 2021-22 financial year (up to January 31, 2022), Lokpal said in its response dated February 28. , 2022, to an RTI request filed by a PTI reporter.

The Lokpal has failed to sanction officials accused of corruption since its establishment in March 2019, according to RTI’s response.

First post: STI


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