The NaMo administration on Friday extended the tenure of deputation of Dilip Kumar (lAS:1995:PB), Joint Secretary, Office of Lokpal, for a period of one year beyond 15.07.2020 or until further orders.
The government informs that since the appointment of Lokpal took place at the fag end of March, 2019 so there is no report as such this year to present before Parliament. The long-cherished promise of fighting corruption at the top level, the ombudsman called Lokpal is in place and fully functional.
The President of Indida appointed Chairperson and eight Members of the Lokpal and they assumed charges of their respective offices on March 23 and March 27, 2019 respectively. Pinaki Chandra Ghose is the Chairperson and Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari, Ajay Kumar Tripathi, Dinesh Jain, Archana Ramasundaram, Mahendra Singh and Dr Indrajeet Prashad Gautan being the other members.
The Lokpal is required to present annually to the President a report on the work done by it, which is caused to be laid in both the houses of Parliament. Since the Lokpal was operationalized at the fag end of March, 2019, no such report has been submitted. Hence, details of the cases registered and action taken thereon by the Lokpal are not available.
Senior most Member of Lokpal Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale
(formerly CJ of Allahabad HC), on Monday, resigned from Lokpal Committee on
personal ground. Reportedly, he had sent the resignation to President Ram Nath
He was, on 27 March 2019, administered the oath of office by Lokpal Chairman Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose.
The anti-corruption watchdog Lokpal has three members 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. The law provides for a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to probe cases of corruption against public servants.
The NaMo administration on Wednesday appointed Dilip Kumar (lAS:1995:PB), as Joint Secretary, Office of Lokpal for a combined tenure of 7 years upto 15.07.2020. Presently, he is Joint Secretary (JS level), National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi.
The President of India on
Tuesday ratified the names (Chairperson and eight members) which were recommended
by the Search-cum-selection-committee last week which are as follows: -
Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose
Judicial Members: -
Justice Dilip B. Bhosale
Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty
Justice Abhilasha Kumari
Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi
Members other than Judicial Members: -
Dinesh Kumar Jain (IAS:1983:MH), former Chief Secretary of Maharashtra
Archana Ramasundaram (IPS:1980:TN), former DG of Sashastra Seema Bal
Mahender Singh (IRS C&CE:1981), former Member of CBIC
Indrajeet Prasad Gautam (Retd IAS:GJ)
These appointments were recommended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee and approved by President Ram Nath Kovind. Opposition parties had been accusing the Modi government of delaying the appointment of Lokpal.
The Election Commission of India may consent the appointment of four
judges and four civil servants for the posts of Members Lokpal. The Selection
Committee comprising PM, CJI, Lok Sabha Speaker and eminent jurist had, on
Sunday, recommended former SC judge Justice P C Ghose to be the first Lokpal or
anti-corruption ombudsman of India. The first Lokpal will need the assistance
of members to function effectively. So the selection panel has also recommended
their names for appointment.
Indianmandarins has reliably learned that of the four civil servants to serve on the Lokpal committee, two IAS officers are from SC and minority community respectively and one each from IPS and IRS (IT) service. It may be mentioned that the IPS officer recommended for the position is a lady officer.
The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices
S Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna has directed Attorney General K K Venugopal to
inform it in 10 days when it would be possible to convene a meeting of the
Lokpal Selection Committee.
The direction came after the AG told the court that the chairperson of the Lokpal Search Committee had informed on February 28 that the committee had forwarded three panels of names to be considered for the appointment of the Chairperson, Judicial Member and Non-Judicial Member.
Venugopal said he will ask the Secretary of DoPT to ensure that the meeting of the Selection Committee, headed by the PM, is convened as early as possible.
The court was hearing a petition filed by NGO Common Cause seeking contempt charges against the government for non-appointment of Lokpal despite the apex courtâ€™s judgment of April 27, 2017.
The court had earlier requested the Search Committee to recommend by February end a panel of names for the Lokpal appointment. The Search Committee will forward the names to the Selection Committee, which also includes the Chief Justice of India or his nominee, the Lok Sabha Speaker, the leader of the largest opposition party, and an eminent jurist.