Former Attorney General of India and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi has been appointed the “eminent jurist” in the Selection Committee for appointment of the Lokpal, the Centre told the Supreme Court today.
Attorney General KK Venugopal told a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi that a decision was taken on 11 May appointing Rohatgi as an eminent jurist in the selection committee, which is chaired by the Prime Minister.
Earlier on 17 April, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that the process to fill up the vacancy of an eminent jurist in the Selection Committee was underway and the Supreme Court asked the Centre to expedite the process of appointment of the Lokpal, anti-corruption watchdog.
The Selection Committee of Lokpal is comprised of Prime Minister, the Lok Sabha Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, the Chief Justice of India and an eminent jurist nominated by the President. The Congress, the largest opposition party with just 44 seats, doesn’t have enough numbers to make its leader eligible as “Leader of Opposition”.
The post of eminent jurist in the Lokpal selection committee has been lying vacant since Senior Advocate P.P. Rao passed away in September 2017.
Rohatgi was appointed as Attorney General of India after the Narendra Modi government assumed power in May 2014. He resigned from the post in June 2017.
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