SC asks Centre to file ‘better’ affidavit in Lokpal case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed its dissatisfaction over the affidavit filed by the central government in the appointment of Lokpal case.

The three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, expressed displeasure over the affidavit filed by the Centre on non-appointment of Lokpal.

The top court asked the central government to file a “better” affidavit within four weeks.

Despite repeated orders, the central government has not been able to give any timeline for the appointment of Lokpal. Search committee has not yet been formed, senior Supreme Court lawyer, and petitioner, Prashant Bhushan submitted to the top court.

The court would now hear the matter after four weeks.

Attorney General submitted the governments affidavit with details of the meeting of the Selection Committee held on the 19th of July. After perusing the affidavit, the court ordered that the affidavit was unsatisfactory.

Bhushan submitted that in light of the complete intransigence of the government, the court in exercise of its power under Article 142 of the Constitution of India, must appoint members of the Search Committee and then based on their recommendations, make appointment of the Lokpal.

 

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