14 June, 2021

Kaun Banega Lokpal?

A few eminent suggestions...

Kaun Banega Lokpal?

Once the unpredictable and acrimonious wrangling over the Lokpal bill is over and a so-far elusive draft of an “effective” Lokpal bill is sealed and enacted into law, India will enter the next stage of the anti-graft battle: the appointment of a Lokpal chairperson and its members. With the government’s ratings plummeting, it can ill-afford the public relations disaster of the kind it suffered when it appointed a tainted bureaucrat as the country’s premier anti-corruption watchdog, the chief vigilance commissioner (CVC).

In a first, the Supreme Court in March this year quashed the dubious appointment of former telecom secretary P.J. Thomas as the CVC after his arraignment in the infamous palmolein oil case of the 1990s was raked up again. The department of personnel and training had actually recommended initiating disciplinary proceedings against him. In the light of this disastrous episode, Outlook spoke to a few eminent citizens to ascertain who they think is best qualified to be the Lokpal.


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