SC directs Centre to give time frame for Lokpal Appointment

The Supreme Court of India
The Supreme Court of India. (File Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, July 2 : The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to apprise it within 10 days about the time-frame for appointing the anti-graft ombudsman Lokpal.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, informed the Apex court that the selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be meeting shortly to appoint Lokpal.

A bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi asked the government to file an affidavit within 10 days specifying the time frame within which the steps will be taken for appointing the Lokpal.

Justice Gogoi told the AG,“I have received instructions to state that the selection committee will be meeting soon this regard”.

“Then file an affidavit specifying the time frame within ten days..a definite time frame. We are fixing the matter again for July 17,”

The bench has posted the matter for hearing on July 17.

The court was hearing a contempt petition filed by NGO Common Cause, which had raised the issue of non-appointment of the ombudsman despite the apex court’s verdict of April 27 last year.

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