Former SC judge Justice PC Ghose likely to be first Lokpal: Government sources

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New Delhi:  Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose is likely to be India’s first Lokpal, governments sources said on Sunday.

The sources said a formal announcement will be made in this connection in the next week.

According reports the Selection Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi have finalised Justice Ghose’s name during a meeting on Friday evening.

The sources said notification for the appointment of the Lokpal, as well as selection of eight others as members of the national anti-corruption ombudsman, is expected to be issued early next week.

Justice Ghose served a tenure of four years in the apex court before retiring in May 2017. Presently, he is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

As per the law, the Lokpal will have the authority to probe complaints against current and former Prime Ministers, Union Minister, members of Parliament, government employees and employees of public sector undertakings.

The Lokpal is expected to work along with the Central Vigilance Commission and can order any investigating agency, including CBI, to probe allegations of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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