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March 20, 2019

Meet India's 1st Lokpal - Pinaki Chandra Ghose

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President Ram Nath Kovind appointed former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose as India's 1st Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman. Justice Ghose retired as Supreme Court judge in May 2017 after a tenure of four years. He is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 29, 2017.

The appointment of Lokpal has come through 5 years after the Lokpal Act was notified for effecting a panel of ombudsmen to look into cases of corruption and maladministration by public servants. 

A selection committee, comprising the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker and an eminent jurist, finalised Justice Ghose's name in a meeting held last week.

Lokpal is a 3-member, anti-corruption watchdog comprising a chairman, a judicial and non-judicial member. The members of the Lokpal will include eight members - former High Court judges and civil servants.

Former Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) chief Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, Mahender Singh and Indrajeet Prasad Gautam have been appointed as non-judicial members of Lokpal.

Justices Dilip B Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari and Ajay Kumar Tripathi have been appointed as judicial members in the anti-corruption ombudsman.

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