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Justice Ghosh to become first Lokpal of the country

By IndianMandarins- 17 Mar 2019


Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose may be appointed the country's first Lokpal.


In view of the Supreme Court directive, the Lok Pal selection panel headed by PM Narendra Modi is said to have firmed up its mind on appointing Ghosh to the top post of the new anti-corruption institution, despite Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge boycotting the panel meeting.


Justice Ghose, who retired from the Supreme Court in May 2017, is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).


The Lokpal Act, which envisages the establishment of anti-graft body Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed in 2013.


Ghose was born in a lawyer’s family on May 28, 1952. His father, Late Justice Shambhu Chandra Ghose, was a former chief justice of the Calcutta High Court.

His areas of specialization are civil, company affairs, arbitration, and constitution, among others.


He became a judge of the Calcutta High Court in July 1997. He was transferred to Andhra Pradesh High Court in June 2012 and in December of the same year he was elevated as Chief Justice of that court.


In March 2013, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of India. He retired in May 2017.


One of the verdicts for which Justice Ghose is remembered was related to the prosecution of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and her friend V K Sasikala. In February 2017, the division bench of Justice Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy found Jayalalithaa and Sasikala guilty of misusing public office to launder ill-gotten wealth for purchasing huge properties in the name of masked fronts.


Another verdict for which he is remembered was the one relating to Section 498-A (domestic violence) of Indian Penal Code. In July 2014, a division bench of Justice Ghose and Justice Chandramauli Kr Prasad ruled that there should be no automatic arrest in 498-A cases and non-compliance will attract disciplinary and contempt proceedings.

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