The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up Central Government over the pending appointment of the Lokpal. The apex court slammed the government and said that it must not allow the institution of Lokpal to become a ‘dead letter’.
Questioning the government, over the delay in Lokpal’s appointment since 2014, the court asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi why the government dragged its feet when it comes to passing of the amendment which would have speeded up the process of appointment.
“It’s a matter of concern that for the next coming years, till the present government is in power, there will be no leader of Opposition. We can’t allow a situation where a law or an institution like Lokpal becomes redundant,” Chief Justice of India TS Thakur told the Centre.
The court also observed that the bill has been languishing and the delay is causing misgivings in the minds of people over the intentions of the government. The Centre came under sharp criticism when it was pointed that many other acts have been amended but the appointment of Lokpal has been kept pending as the required amendment over the definition of ‘Leader of Opposition’ was not passed.
A Prashant Bhushan-led NGO has filed a plea in the Supreme Court on the pending appointment of Lokpal. Under the current law, it’s mandatory to have the leader of Opposition for selection process.
However, after the new government was elected, no party has the required 10 per cent of the House to qualify for ‘Leader of Opposition’.