AG to head panel for correcting flawed Lokpal rules
The Centre has formed a committee headed by Attorney General (AG) of India, Mukul Rohatagi, to correct flaws in the rules of the Lokpal search panel drawn by the UPA government.
Appointments of the chairperson and members of the Lokpal will take place only after the rules are amended. The UPA government had failed to make the appointments after criticism by the BJP that had attacked the government calling the appointment procedure ‘highly improper’.
As per the rules, an eight-member search panel is mandated to draw up a panel of people for consideration by the selection committee chaired by the Prime Minister.
The search panel has to draw up the panel from a list provided by the department of personnel and training (DoPT). The BJP government is likely to empower the search committee by letting it include person from outside the list provided by the DoPT.
The validity of the search committee rules has been challenged in the Supreme Court and the government during the hearing had told the court that it would look at the rules afresh and make amendments.
President Pranab Mukherjee in his joint address to the Parliament in June too had said the Modi government would soon frame rules for the Lokpal.