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Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh to be appointed first Lokpal of India: Reports

Pinaki Chandra Ghose is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 17, 2019, 02.23 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Lokpal Selection Committee has reportedly appointed former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghosh as the country's first Lokpal. 

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act was notified in early 2014, but no one has been appointed to the post so far.

The government may make an announcement of the appointment of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh as chairman of Lokpal on Monday. 

Justice Ghose retired from the Supreme Court in May 2017. Before his elevation to the apex court, he was a Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court and Calcutta High Court. At present, he is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The Lokpal Act was notified in 2014 to form a panel of ombudsmen to look into cases of corruption and maladministration by public servants.

The Lokpal has the authority to probe complaints against current and former prime ministers, union ministers, Members of Parliament, government and PSU employees, and employees of non-governmental organisations receiving more than Rs 10 lakh-a-year in foreign contributions, among others.

(With inputs from agencies)

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The Lokpal Act was notified in 2014 to form a panel of ombudsmen to look into cases of corruption and maladministration by public servants.