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Process to appoint eminent jurist to select Lokpal underway: Centre tells SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Centre today told the that the process to fill up the vacancy of an eminent jurist in the selection committee for appointing was going on.

K K told a bench headed by Justice that recommendation for induction of an eminent jurist in the panel has been made and the process was underway.

The bench said that it doesn't consider necessary to pass any order at this stage but said it expects that the process of appointment of will be made at the earliest.

The bench has listed the matter for further hearing on May 15.

P P Rao was earlier appointed as an eminent jurist in the committee but the post became vacant after he passed away last year.

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

The apex court, in its last year's verdict, said there was no justification to keep the enforcement of Lokpal Act suspended till the proposed amendments, including on the issue of the of Opposition in Lok Sabha, were cleared by Parliament.

It had said the Act was an eminently workable piece of legislation and "does not create any bar to the enforcement of provisions".

The top court also said that the amendments proposed to 2013, and the views of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, were attempts to streamline the working of the Act and does not constitute legal hindrances or bar its enforcement.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 11:25 IST