President Kovind appoints Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as India's first Lokpal

DN Bureau

President Ram Nath Kovind appointed a nine member Lokpal with former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose made its chairperson and four justices made its judicial members.

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose
Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday appointed a nine member Lokpal with former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose made its chairperson and four justices made its judicial members.

A communiqué from the Rashtrapati Bhawan said that 'the President of India is pleased to appoint Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the chairperson of the Lokpal'. 

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The President also appointed four justices- Justice Dilip B Bhosale, Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty,Justice Abhilasha Kumari and  Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi as judicial members of the Lokpal. He also appointed four others-Dinesh Kumar Jain,  Archana Ramasundaram, Mahender Singh and Dr Indrajeet Prasad Gautam as the non judicial members of the Lokpal.

'The above appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices,' the Rashtrapati Bhawan communiqué said.

Justice P C Ghose is India’s first Lokpal or anti-corruption ombudsman. Justice Ghose was recommended to be the first Lokpal by the Selection Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who was invited to be a part of the committee, did not attend the meeting.

The selection was made after the Supreme Court set the government a deadline.

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Justice Ghose is the one who had convicted Sasikala, the live-in companion of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in a corruption case. 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. 

In July 2015, a Supreme Court bench of Justice Ghose issued a notice to late former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on a petition by the Karnataka government, challenging the High Court verdict acquitting her and three others in a disproportionate assets case.

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