Lokpal plea reserved by the SC

The plea for appointment of anti-corruption Lokpal  to investigate corruption was reserved by the Supreme Court today. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that as because the definition of Leader of Opposition is pending to be amended by the Parliament, the Lokpal cannot be appointed. Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “We have heard the arguments of all the parties. Judgment (is) reserved.” The Congress being the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha lacks the required number of Member of Parliament because of which they were not granted the post. As per the Lokpal and Lokyuktas Act of 2013, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha wil be a part of Lokpal Selection panel. “Unless the proposed amendment making Leader of the Largest Opposition party as Leader of Opposition is passed by Parliament, the Lokpal can’t be appointed,” Rohatgi said.
Appearing for NGO Common Cause, Senior advocate Shanti Bhushan said that even though the Lokpal Bill was passed by the Parliament in 2013 and came into effect in 2014, the Lokpal is not being appointed by the government deliberately. He argued that the Lokpal Act mandates that the Lokpal should be appointed expeditiously.

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