Former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose, is likely to be India’s first anti-corruption ombudsman, or Lokpal.
Decision was taken after his name was cleared and recommended by the high-level selection committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The names of other Lokpal members had also been decided. Other members of the committee are Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi. Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who is part of the committee, did not attend the meeting after he was invited as special invitee.
The government was prompted to make the selection after the Supreme Court set the February-end deadline. The Lokpal Act, which was passed in 2013 after a nationwide anti-corruption movement, provides for setting up of Lokpal at the centre and Lokayuktas in the States to probe corruption complaints against top functionaries and public servants, including the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers. Mr. Ghose was appointed as judge of the Calcutta High Court in 1997 and went on to become Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh before his elevation to the Supreme Court in 2013.