Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose had retired from the Supreme Court in May 2017. Since then, he has been serving as a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The Selection Committee for Lokpal is believed to have clear the decks for appointment of country’s first Lokpal. A report in news agency IANS said that the high-powered committee has reportedly appointed retired Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose as anti-corruption ombudsman of India.
Justice Ghose had retired from the Supreme Court in May 2017. Since then, he has been serving as a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
It said that the decision was taken during a meeting of the committee on Friday. The meeting was attended by committee members Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge had, however, skipped the meeting. Kharge is also a member of the committee but he refused to attend the meeting as a ‘special invitee.
Kharge even wrote a letter to PM Modi alleging government did not amend the Lokpal Act to include the leader of the single largest Opposition party as a member of the Selection Committee. He also noted that nothing stops the government from appointing a Lokpal even if a leader of Opposition is not there.
Besides, he reminded PM Modi that he had objected to be invited as a special invitee at least on six previous occasions.