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Ex-SC judge Justice P.C. Ghose to be India's first Lokpal

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Former Justice Chandra Ghose was on Sunday recommended to be the first or anti-of

His name was finalised and recommended by the comprising Narendra Modi, Ranjan Gogoi, and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi.

in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who is part of the committee, did not attend the meeting.

Justice Ghose, 67, who is a member of the (NHRC) since June 2017, retired from the on May 27, 2017. He had assumed charge as on March 8, 2013. His was among the top 10 names shortlisted by the Search Committee.

In July 2015, a Supreme Court bench of Justice Ghose issued notice to late former Tamil Nadu on a petition by the challenging the verdict acquitting her and three others in a disproportionate assets case.

He is a former of the and former of the Andhra Pradesh

Born in Kolkata, Justice Ghose is son of Late Justice Sambhu Chandra Ghose, former of High Court.

Graduating in Commerce from St.Xavier's College, Calcutta, Justice Ghose completed graduation in law () from University of and obtained Attorney-at-Law at Calcutta High Court, and enrolled himself as an on November 30, 1976 with of

He practised in civil, commercial, arbitration, constitutional and company matters both in the original side and appellate side at

On July 17, 1997, Justice Ghose was elevated as a of He held the post of Executive Chairman, and and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, since January 2, 2007 and August 1, 2007 respectively.

Since January 14, 2005, he was associated with (Calcutta Chapter) and acted as the of the till May 22, 2012. He Was of Institutional Ethics Committee of and Enteric Diseases,

Jutice Ghose's appointment has come nearly five years after the Act was notified on January 16, 2014.

The law provides for a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to probe cases of against public servants.

The Supreme Court, hearing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause, represented by Prashant Bhushan, has been pushing the to make the appointments. In its hearing on January 4, the apex court had asked the to appoint a Lokpal at the earliest, saying "much time has elapsed, something needs to be done".

On January 17, the Supreme Court had pulled up the Centre for repeatedly delaying the appointment of the Lokpal. On March 7, a bench headed by had asked the to inform the court within a fortnight by when it would finalise the names.

Delayed for some reason or the other, the search committee was constituted on September 27, 2018, after the Supreme Court's intervention and former Supreme Court judge was nominated to head it.



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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 16:42 IST