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Ex-AG Rohatgi named on Lokpal selection panel as eminent jurist

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Centre on Tuesday informed the that former has been appointed to the as an eminent jurist.

Rohatgi served as India's 14th from June 2014 to June 2017.

A bench headed by Justice was told that Rohatgi was selected by a committee comprising Narendra Modi, and at their April 10 meeting.

That meeting was not attended by in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge as he was called not as a member of the selection panel but as a special invitee.

Kharge stayed away from the March 1 meeting of the selection panel on the same grounds.

Justice Gogoi said that it was expected that eminent persons on the will be alive to the urgency to appoint the

However, the apex court refused to give directions on the time frame for the appointment of the which, said, would take some time.

Venugopal had during a hearing on April 17 told the court that the Selection Committee's meeting on April 10 recommendations for appointment of an eminent jurist on the panel had been made and approval of the said recommendation was pending.

Reacting to Rohatgi's appointment as eminent jurist on the Selection Committee, tweeted: "Today, the government informed the it has made progress on the appointment of Lokpal. After four years, the Prime Minister, of and the have selected former AG of and and assorted criminals as 'eminent jurist' on the Lokpal Selection Committee! However Lokpal would take 'considerable time'."

The selection panel will now constitute a seven-member Search Committee for preparing a list of persons to be considered for appointment as and members of Lokpal.

The apex court is hearing a contempt plea by NGO Common Cause after the government did not act on the court's April 27, 2017 judgment which held that the "(Lokpal) Act, as it stands today, is an eminently workable piece of legislation and there is no justification to keep the enforcement of the Act under suspension till the amendments, as proposed, are carried out".



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 18:38 IST