Former Supreme Court Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose is appointed as India’s first Lokpal by the Indian President Mr Ram Nath Kovind.
According to a press communique by the office of President, Ex-Justice of the Supreme Court is chosen as the Chairperson of Anti-corruption ombudsman. Apart from him, there are many Judicial and non-judicial members.
Here’s the list released by the office of President:
1. Shri Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose
2. Shri Justice Dilip B. Bhosale
3. Shri Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty
4. Smt. Justice Abhilasha Kumari
5. Shri Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi
Members other than Judicial Members
6. Shri Dinesh Kumar Jain
7. Smt. Archana Ramasundaram
8. Shri Mahender Singh
9. Dr. Indrajeet Prasad Gautam
The statement also cleared that the above appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.
According to his Wikipedia bio, Ghose is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India. Prior to his elevation to the Supreme Court, he had served as Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, and before that, as a Justice of the Calcutta High Court.
The retired justice is surely a well-known figure in Indian Social Services. He is also a member of the National Human Rights Commission.
The Lokpal will have powers of overwatching any investigation agency in the country, including CBI. According to the Lokpal act passed in parliament, the Lokpal has the power to summon any public servant and probe him/her even before the agencies like the Police or the CBI have started its probe, but given the condition that there is some kind of written case against the person.
The Lokpal bill was passed by the Indian Parliament 5 years ago, and it took so much time to appoint a Lokpal. The process was so slow, that the Supreme Court had to intervene in the process and had to give a maximum time period in which the government have to appoint the Lokpal.