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Lokpal selection panel without LoP

Lokpal selection panel without LoP
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New Delhi: Lokpal Selection Panel Without LoP, The Centre is likely to go ahead with the appointment of the chairperson and members of Lokpal without Leader of Opposition (LoP) as member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee.

New Delhi: The Centre is likely to go ahead with the appointment of the chairperson and members of Lokpal without Leader of Opposition (LoP) as member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee. The rules for Lokpal search committee are being modified and a meeting of selection committee will be held soon to finalise its composition, official sources said.
New Delhi: Lokpal Selection Panel Without LoP
Once the search panel is formed and its recommendations are received by the selection committee, it will proceed with the appointment of chairperson and members of Lokpal, the sources said.

According to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, "No appointment of a chairperson or a member shall be invalid merely by reason of any vacancy in the selection committee." Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is yet to take a decision on the issue of Leader of Opposition in the lower house.

As per Direction 121 of the 'Directions of the Speaker', the Speaker should ensure that a Parliamentary party or group should have at least one-tenth of the total number of members of the Lok Sabha for being eligible for getting the LoP post.

The UPA government had in February this year hurriedly formed an eight-member search committee comprising Justice (retd) K T Thomas (as chairperson) and seven other members. The members included Kaki Madhava Rao (former IAS officer), F S Nariman (legal luminary), Prof Meenakshi Gopinath (educationist), M L Kumawat (former Director General of Border Security Force), H K Dua (senior journalist and Rajya Sabha member), S Y Quraishi (former Chief Election Commissioner) and Prof Mrinal Miri (Rajya Sabha member). But both Thomas and Nariman had refused to be part of the search panel.

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