June 2019


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Govt to soon come out with format to lodge complaints with Lokpal


The Central Government will soon come out with a format for lodging a complaint with anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal, officials said on 16th May. As per norms, a complaint shall be filed in the prescribed form to be notified by the Government. "The form will be made public soon," said a senior Personnel Ministry official. Although the form for filing a complaint has not yet been notified, the Lokpal decided to scrutinise all the complaints received in its office till 16th April, 2019 in whatever form they were sent, according to the anti-corruption ombudsman's website.


"After scrutiny, complaints that did not fall within the mandate of the Lokpal were disposed of and complainants are being informed accordingly," it said, without giving details of the complaints.


Lokpal Chairperson Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose inaugurated the website – www.lokpal.gov.in – in the presence of all the eight members of the anti-corruption ombudsman. As per the website, the office of Lokpal is at “The Ashok” Hotel in Chanakyapuri in the national capital.


President Ram Nath Kovind had administered the oath of office to Justice Ghose as the Chairperson of Lokpal on 23rd March. Justice Ghose, 66, had retired as a Supreme Court judge in May, 2017. He had last served as a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).


Eight members of the Lokpal panel were administered the oath by Justice Ghose on 27th March. Former Chief Justices of different high courts – Justices Dilip B. Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari and Ajay Kumar Tripathi – took the oath as judicial members of the Lokpal.


Along with them, the first (former) woman chief of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, former IRS officer Mahender Singh and Gujarat cadre ex-IAS officer Indrajeet Prasad Gautam were sworn in as the Lokpal's non-judicial members.


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