Former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose is tipped to become India’s first Lokpal. As per reports, the Centre is likely to announce the name of the Lokpal soon and Justice Ghose’s name is at the forefront. The selection committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met on Friday to discuss the names of the candidates for the post.
Justice Ghose graduated in commerce from Kolkata’s St Xavier’s College. After this, he obtained a law degree and attorney-at-law from Calcutta University. In 1976, he joined the Bar Council of West Bengal as an advocate, after enrolling himself as an advocate. Among areas he specialised were company affairs, arbitration and constitution and civil.
He was appointed as Calcutta High Court judge in July 1997. Ghose was transferred to Andhra Pradesh High Court in June 2012. The same year, he was elevated as Chief Justice of the court. The following year, he was transferred to the Supreme Court as a judge, before retiring in May 2017. A present, Ghose is a member of National Human Rights Commission.
Cases handled by Justice PC Ghose
Among verdicts, Justice Ghose is remembered for the prosecution of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and her associate V K Sasikala. The division bench comprising Justice Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy found both guilty of misusing public office to purchase huge properties
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Another case that he is known for is the one related to Section 498-A (domestic violence) of Indian Penal Code. In July 2014, a division bench comprising him and Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad observed that there should be no automatic arrest in cases related to in 498-A and non-compliance will lead to contempt proceedings.
In April 2017, he along with division bench of Justice R F Nariman asked a trial court to frame charges of conspiracy against BJP leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The Supreme Court, recently, asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to inform within 10 days on likely date for selection committee meeting. Venugopal had informedhad informed the court that Lokpal search committee suggested three names to the selection panel to appoint chairperson, judicial and non-judicial members in the anti-corruption body.
The AG also told the top court that he would ask the Department of Personnel and Training ensure that the panel is held as early as possible. The court also refused to pass an order to disclose names in three panels. The committee’s meeting was held after court’s proceedings.