Government has constituted eight-member search committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, to recommend names for posts of Lokpal chairperson and members. The selection process of Lokpal is underway as per guidelines of laid down in Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.
Members of Lokpal Search Committee :
Justice Sakha Ram Singh Yadav, former SBI Chief Arundhati Bhattacharya, retired IAS officer Ranjit Kumar, former Gujarat Police head Lalit K Panwar, former judge of Allahabad High Court Shabbirhusein S Khandwawala; Prasar Bharati chairperson A Surya Prakash and ISRO Head AS Kiran Kumar.
The search committee will start functioning soon, said a senior government functionary. It will recommend names for Lokpal chairperson and members. It can also consider names other than those recommended by the search committee.
Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 :
It was passed in 2013 to constitute statutory body to inquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries. Under it, the appointments to Lokpal is made by high-level selection committee comprising of Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader of Opposition Party (LoP) and an eminent jurist chosen by them.