Former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose is likely to be the first Lokpal of the country. Justice Ghose’s name was among the top 10 names that was shortlisted by the Lokpal Search Committee.
Justice PC Ghose’s name was cleared by the selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi.
After retiring in May 2017 from the Supreme Court, Justice Ghose joined the National Human Rights Commission.
Justice Ghose is a former judge of Calcutta high court and has also served as the former chief justice of Andhra Pradesh high court.
Jutice Ghose’s appointment has come nearly five years after the Lokpal Act was notified on January 16, 2014. The law provides for a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to probe cases of corruption against public servants.