Supreme Court sets 10-day deadline for Centre to decide on meeting to select Lokpal
New Delhi :
The Supreme Court on Thursday set 10 days deadline for the Centre to submit the date of the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection panel on the appointment of country’s first Lokpal. The top court, however, rejected senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan's request to make the names of proposed by the search committee for the Chairman and members.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that while transparency was a subjective term, there was no need to put the names proposed by the search committee in the public domain.
“Transparency is a subjective term. You have done good work but there has to be a limit somewhere. You have to stop. We don’t think the names are required to be put in public domain,” the top said.
Bhushan had argued that it was the government’s duty to provide the proposed names of the Chairman and its committee members to the court. The court, however, said that it can’t do the work of the search committee and the matter should be left to them.
"We have considered the provisions of the act and it’s our considered view that no directions are required by this court and the matter should be left to the search committee," the court said.
As per the rules, the selection panel will select the Lokpal from the names suggested by the search committee – headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai.
Earlier, the Supreme Court Thursday fixed a February-end deadline for the search committee on Lokpal to recommend a panel of names for appointment of the country’s first anti-graft ombudsman. The search committee is headed by former apex court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the Centre to provide the search committee requisite infrastructure and manpower to enable it to complete its work.