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Supreme Court directs Govt to implement Lokpal without Leader of Opposition

Paving the way for more transparency in governance, the Supreme Court on Thursday observed that the Lokpal Act in its current avatar was an “eminently workable piece of legislation and there is no justification to keep the enforcement of the Act under suspension.”

Dismissing the Centre’s contention, the top court gave the Lokpal Committee the go ahead to appoint the rest of the members, including an eminent jurist, even if there was no Leader of Opposition (LOP).

“If, at present, the LOP is not available, surely, the chairperson and the other two members of the Selection Committee, namely the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India or his nominee, may proceed to appoint an eminent jurist as a Member of the Selection Committee under Section 4(1)(e) of the Act.”

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