Retired Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose was on Tuesday appointed the first Lokpal of India by President Ram Nath Kovind. Justice Dilip B Bhosale, Justice P K Mohanty, Justice Abhilasha Kumari and Justice AK Tripathi have been appointed as the judicial members.
President of India has appointed Dinesh Kumar Jain, Archana Ramasundaram, Mahender Singh, and IP Gautam as members.
Justice PC Ghose’s appointment comes nearly five years after the Lokpal Act was notified on January 16, 2014.
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 law provides for a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to probe cases of corruption against public servants.
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 on Sunday (March 17).
The leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Congress member, Mallikarjun Kharge, who is part of the committee, did not attend the meeting.
Justice Ghose, 67, who is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 2017, retired from the Supreme Court on May 27, 2017. He had assumed charge as Supreme Court judge on March 8, 2013. His was among the top 10 names shortlisted by the Lokpal Search Committee.
Pinaki Chandra Ghose is a former judge of the Calcutta High Court and former Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.