Retired Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose has been appointed as India’s first Lokpal, the Rashtrapati Bhavan stated on Tuesday.
Justice Ghose retired as Supreme Court judge in May 2017 and has also been a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 29, 2017.
Justice (Retd.) Ghose, 66, will head the panel that comprises Justices Dilip B. Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari, and Ajay Kumar Tripathi.
Besides, the panel would have Dinesh Kumar Jain, Archana Ramasundaram, Mahender Singh and Indrajeet Prasad Gautam as non-judicial members, the Rashtrapati Bhawan stated in a communique.
The appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their offices, it said.
A person who is or has been the Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court judge is eligible for appointment as Lokpal.
Justice Ghose’s name for the post was being understood to have been in active consideration by the Lokpal selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
His appointment comes days after the Supreme Court had asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to inform it within 10 days about a possible date for meeting of the selection committee.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna was on March 7 informed by Venugopal that the Lokpal search committee headed by former apex court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai has recommended three panels of names to the selection committee for appointment of chairperson, judicial and non-judicial members in the anti-graft body.
The top court had refused to pass directions to disclose names in the three panels.
Following the court’s proceedings, a meeting of selection panel was held on Friday.
On January 17, the Supreme Court had set up a February-end deadline for the Lokpal search committee to send a panel of names to be considered for the appointment as its chairman and members.
The law, which envisages appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed on 2013.