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Justice Khanwilkar appointed as Chairperson Lokpal

By Jhanak Singh      28 February, 2024 03:40 PM      0 Comments
Justice Khanwilkar appointed as Chairperson Lokpal

NEW DELHI: Justice A M Khanwilkar, former Supreme Court judge, has been appointed as the Chairperson of Lokpal by the President.

According to a communication issued on Tuesday, three judicial members appointed are Justice Lingappa Narayana Swamy, Justice Sanjay Yadav, Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi.

Those appointed as members are former Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, former civil servants Pankaj Kumar and Ajay Tirkey.

Justice Khanwilkar, who retired as a Supreme Court judge on July 29, 2022 after six years tenure, was part of several landmark judgments, including the Aadhaar, entry of women to Sabarimala temple, criminal provision of adultery, and decriminalising gay sex.

Justice Khanwilkar headed the bench which upheld provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. He also led a bench which confirmed the clean chit to Prime Minister and then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and 63 others in the 2002 riots.

Among the judicial members, Justice Awasthi, former Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court was acting as Chairperson of Law Commission of India.

Justice Swamy is former judge of the Karnataka High Court and former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.

Justice Yadav is former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court.

The chairperson and members of the Lokpal are appointed by a panel headed by Prime Minister, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court judge nominated by him and an eminent jurist.



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