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A Lokpal is a proposed ombudsman in India that has jurisdiction over all Members of Parliament and central government employees in cases of corruption.

The Lokpal was formed in 2013 after passing of The Lokpal Bill, 2011 with amendments in parliament, following movement lead by Anna Hazare. It has counterpart in all the states of India called Lokayuktas.

The Lokpal will be headed by a chairperson and will have 8 members.

Search Committee

On February 21, 2014 Lokpal Selection Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh appoints a Search Committee for appointment of chairperson and other members of the Lokpal.

The mandate of the search committee is to recommend names to the Selection Committee for posts of Lokpal chairperson and its 8 members.

The members of the panel are:

  • Justice KT Thomas, former Supreme Court judge (refused)
  • Fali Nariman, senior Advocate (refused)
  • SY Quraishi, former Election Commissioner
  • Meenakshi Gopinath, Principal, LSR College
  • Mrinal Miri, educationalist
  • Kaki Madhava RAo, ex. Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh
  • HK Dua, Rajya Sabha MP

On February 27, 2014 Fali Nariman has refused to join the panel. On March 3, 2014 Justice KY Thomas also quit the panel

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