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Lokpal: Justice Khanwilkar is Chairperson; three ex-bureaucrats as Member

By IndianMandarins- 27 Feb 2024
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New Delhi (27.02.2024): Former Supreme Court Justice AM Khanwilkar has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Lokpal on Tuesday. The appointment came two weeks after the selection committee shortlisted his name and after a gap of nearly two years. Justice Lingappa Swamy, Justice Sanjay Yadav and Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi appointed as judicial members. Former CEC Sushil Chandra (Retd IRS IT: 1980), Pankaj Kumar (Retd IAS: 1986: GJ) and Ajay Tirkey (Retd IAS: 1987: MP) appointed as non-judicial members of Lokpal.
Khanwilkar is the second chairperson of the Lokpal known as the ‘Lokpal of India’. The first chairperson was former Supreme Court Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, who held the office from March 2019 to May 2022. Former Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty has been the Acting Chairperson since then.
Justice Khanwilkar was part of several key judgments, from decriminalisation of homosexuality to tightening rules regarding foreign funding of NGOs, to upholding the constitutional validity of the strict provisions in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), and upholding the Special Investigation Team’s clean chit to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 63 others in the 2002 Gujarat 2002 riots.

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