Meeting to appoint Lokpal scheduled for March 1

KARISHMA SRIVASTAVA 24/02/2018 18:30:37

Meeting to appoint Lokpal scheduled for March 1- nEWSTIMES NEWS

New Delhi, Feb 24: The Centre on Friday informed Supreme Court about a meeting which is scheduled on March 1 to discuss the appointment of Lokpal. 
The post has been vacant since the law for an anti-corruption Lokpal was passed in 2013 after the massive nationwide campaign by activist Anna Hazare.
In a brief hearing before a Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal said the scheduled meeting would have the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, Chief Justice of India and the single largest opposition party leader in attendance.
The Supreme Court is hearing a petition by the NGO Common Cause asking for action against the centre for the delay in the appointment of a Lokpal.
Under the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013, the high-level selection committee for appointments to Lokpal comprises the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, the LoP, the Chief Justice of India and an eminent jurist chosen by them. The 16th Lok Sabha does not have an LoP as the Congress party failed to get the required 10 per cent membership.
The Attorney General told the court that the post of the eminent jurist in the selection panel for Lokpal had been vacant after previous member PP Rao passed away in September 2017.

He said it was likely to be filled soon. Following the Attorney General’s submission, the bench asked the Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to file an affidavit by March 5, detailing the steps the government proposes to take.

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