Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mukul Rohatgi appointed as eminent jurist in Lokpal panel

Mukul Rohatgi appointed as eminent jurist in Lokpal panel

The post of eminent jurist in the Lokpal selection panel has been lying vacant since the death of advocate senior advocate PP Rao in September 2017.

The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that former attorney-general Mukul Rohatgi has been inducted as "eminent jurist" for selection of Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman, at a meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Last month, attorney general K.K. Venugopal had assured the bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the Centre was taking the appointment process forward and was going to hold a meeting for selecting an eminent jurist on the panel on 10 May. He resigned from the post in June 2017.

The Selection Committee which appoints the Lokpal consists of the Prime Minister, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, the Chief Justice of India or a Judge of the Supreme Court nominated by him, and an eminent jurist who is to be recommended by the aforementioned four members.

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However, on April 27 past year, the Supreme Court, in a judgment, clarified that the Lokpal appointment process need not be stalled merely due to the absence of the Leader of the Opposition.

The bench, on hearing the submissions, posted the matter for hearing on July 2.

Senior advocate P P Rao was earlier appointed as an eminent jurist in the committee but the post fell vacant after his death past year.

Though passed in 2014, the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013 was not implemented all these years because there was no Leader of the Opposition in the 16th Lok Sabha.

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