Justice Mohanty gets additional charge of Lokpal chairperson
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President Ram Nath Kovind has named Justice Pradeep Kumar Mohanty, a judicial member of the Lokpal, as the acting chairman of the Lokpal on the completion of the term of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh.
Justice Mohanty was appointed as a judicial member of the Lokpal on 27 March 2019.
Justice Mohanty's father Jugal Kishore Mohanty served as the Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court.
The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act was passed in 2013.
The President gave his assent to it on January 1, 2014 and came into force on January 16, 2014.
The name Lokpal or Lokayukta in India was established in 1963 by the famous jurist Dr. L. M. Singhvi had given.
The Lokpal is a multi-member body consisting of a chairperson and a maximum of 8 members. In which four members can be judicial and the rest can be non-judicial.
The term of the chairperson and members of the Lokpal body is 5 years or till the age of 70 years.
Former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghosh was appointed as the country's first Lokpal.
The Ombudsman institution was officially started in the year 1809 in Sweden.
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