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Ombudsman: Former SC Judge Pinake Chandra Ghose Is India’s First Lokpal

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| March 20 , 2019 , 10:40 IST

President Ram Nath Kovid appointed former Supreme court judge Pinake Chandra Ghose as the first Lok pal of India or the anti-corruption ombudsman on Tuesday.

Members other than judicial members are Dinesh Kumar Jain, Archana Ramasundaram , Mahender Singh and Dr Indrajeet Prasad Gautam .

According to the media reports, officials said: “These appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.” 

Perhaps, Justice Ghose's name was finalized and recommended by the Selection Committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week.

Whereas, The panel to choose the candidates headed by the prime minister includes the Lok Sabha speaker, leader of the opposition in the lower house, the Chief Justice of India or any judge of the Supreme court he nominates, and an eminent jurist who could be nominated by the President or any other member.

President Ram Nath Kovind nominated Mukul Rohatgi, a former Attorney General, as the ''eminent jurist''.

However, The leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Congress member, Mallikarjun Kharge, who is part of the committee, did not attend the meeting.

Justice Ghose, 67, who is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 2017, retired from the Supreme Court on May 27, 2017. He had assumed charge as Supreme Court judge on March 8, 2013. His was among the top 10 names shortlisted by the Lokpal Search Committee.

Certainly, Pinaki Chandra Ghose was a former judge of the Calcutta High Court and former Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.