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JUSTICE PINAKI CHANDRA GHOSE APPOINTED AS FIRST LOKPAL

Team SoOLEGAL 20 Mar 2019 10:17am

JUSTICE PINAKI CHANDRA GHOSE APPOINTED AS FIRST LOKPAL

Lokpal is the national anti corruption ombudsman. He has the power of dealing with corruption allegations against any person who is or has been a Prime Minister or a Union Minister, and also central government employees in Groups A, B,C and D. Another power it has is to supervise the CBI. Special Courts are established for trying the offences.
The selection committee which comprised of the PM Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi in the capacity of 'eminent person' have appointed eight others as members of the Lokpal. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who is the leader of the largest opposition party, had refused to attend the meeting protesting the fact that he was invited to attend not in the capacity of leader of largest opposition party, but as a "special invitee".
The appointment is made after five years after the notification of the Lokpal and Lok Ayukta Act. The centre has appointed former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the Chairperson of the first Lokpal under the Act.
He also shared the bench with Justice KS Radhakrishnan who banned the practices of Jallikattu and bullock cart races as contrary to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Being a part of the 3:2 majority along with then CJI HL Dattu and Justice FMI Kalifulla, he quashed the decision of TN Government to remit the sentences of convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assasination case on the ground that that the state government has no suo motu power to remit sentences of persons who were convicted after CBI investgation.

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