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Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose appointed as India's first Lokpal

File photo of former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 19, 2019, 09.03 PM (IST)

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose has been appointed as India's first Lokpal by President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday, ANI news agency reported.

Justice Ghose, who retired from the Supreme Court in May 2017, is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Former SSB chief Archana Ramasundaram and former Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain are named as non-judicial members of Lokpal. 

President also appointed Justice Dilip B Bhosale, Justice P K Mohanty, Justice Abhilasha Kumari and Justice AK Tripathi as judicial members.

These appointments were recommended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee and approved by President Ram Nath Kovind.

The Lokpal Act, which envisages the establishment of anti-graft body Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed in 2013. 

According to rules, there is provision for a chairperson and a maximum of eight members in the Lokpal panel. Of these, four need to be judicial members.

Not less than 50 per cent of the members of the Lokpal shall be from amongst the persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, minorities and women, the rules say.

Upon selection, the chairperson and members shall hold office for a term of five years or till they attain 70 years of age.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Former SSB chief Archana Ramasundaram and former Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain are named as non-judicial members of Lokpal.