SC directs Centre on Lokpal

Supreme Court Friday directed the Centre to place on affidavit steps taken since September last year to set up a search committee for the Lokpal. The apex court asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to file the affidavit on the matter by January 17.

Supreme Court directs Centre to place on record steps taken by the Search Committee with regard to appointment of Lokpal. SC expresses disappointment over the slow pace of progress in selection of Lokpal by the government. Next date of hearing is January 17.

“You have to ensure on affidavit the steps taken on the issue of setting up of a search committee for the Lokpal,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said.

When the attorney general said that since the last order of September 2018, several steps have been taken, the bench asked him “what all have you done till date. So much time is being taken”. When the attorney general reiterated that several steps have been taken, the bench shot back “bring everything on record what you have done since September 2018”. — PTI

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