Lokpal appointment: process to fill vacancy of eminent jurist in selection panel is on, Centre tells SC

Anti-corruption activists take out a rally, demanding the appointment of a Lokpal, in New Delhi. File  

The Central government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the process to fill the vacancy of an eminent jurist in the selection committee for appointing a Lokpal was going on.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told a Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the recommendation for the induction of an eminent jurist in the panel has been made and the process was under way.

The Bench said that it did not consider necessary to pass any order at this stage but noted that it expected the process of appointment of a Lokpal to get over at the earliest.

The Bench listed the matter for further hearing on May 15.

Senior advocate P.P. Rao was appointed the eminent jurist in the committee but the post became vacant after his demise last year.


Contempt plea

The Bench was hearing a contempt petition filed by NGO Common Cause, which has raised the issue of non-appointment of a Lokpal despite the apex court’s verdict of April 27 last year.

The court, in the verdict, said there was no justification to keep the enforcement of the Lokpal Act suspended till the proposed amendments, including on the issue of the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, were cleared by Parliament.

It had said the Act was an eminently workable piece of legislation and “does not create any bar to the enforcement of provisions“.

The amendments proposed to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013, and the views of the Parliamentary Standing Committee were attempts to streamline the working of the Act and did not constitute legal hindrances or bar its enforcement, it said.

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