Indian Govt stand on Lokpal appointment is ‘wholly unsatisfactory,’ says Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on yesterday (Tuesday) said the government’s stand on completing the appointment of a Lokpal, an ombudsman to protect the common man from corruption in public service and power centres, was “wholly unsatisfactory.”
The court was reacting to an affidavit filed by the government, the stated aim of it being to specify the exact time frame by which it would appoint a Lokpal. Instead, the government, represented by Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, said it was a “complicated” process.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who filed a contempt petition against the government for not appointing a Lokpal despite an April 2017 judgment by the court, said the apex court should now take over and appoint a Lokpal.