Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose has become the first Lokpal of the country. President Ram Nath Kovind administered him the oath of the office. He has also been appointed as the chairperson of Lokpal.
Justice Ghose retired from Supreme Court in 2017. Before that, he worked as the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh and Kolkata High Courts. It was him who convicted Sasikala and others in a corruption case.
After retiring from Supreme Court, in June 2017, he became a member of the National Human Rights Commission of India. He has been a prominent human rights expert.
His appointment was suggested by the Election Committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was approved by President Ramnath Kovind.
Under The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, a Lokpal at central level and Lokayuktas at state levels can investigate corruption cases against government officers of some categories. The Act was passed in 2013.
The appointment took place after a fortnight on March 7 after the Supreme Court Attorney General KK Venugopal asked the the Lokpal Selection Committee to decide a tentative date of its meeting within 10 days. After the court’s order, the committee meeting took place on March 15.
According to the rules, Lokpal committee can have 1 chairperson and up to eight members including 4 judicial members. Also, 50 percent of the strength should consist of Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and women.
Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose meets President, Vice President, CJI, PM
Justice Ghose, who took oath as country’s firs Lokpal on Saturday met President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaih Naidu and Chief Justice of India, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.