Cont.Pet.(C) No. 714 / 2018
Contempt Petition against the government failure to appoint Lokpal
The petition filed by Common Cause for appointment of Lokpal was disposed by the Supreme Court on April 27, 2017 holding that the Lokpal and Lokayutas Act, 2013 as it stands today was a perfectly workable legislation and there was no justification on the part of the Government to keep the enforcement of the said Act under suspension till the amendments, as proposed, were carried out.
Nine months since the judgment, the government had failed to appoint the Lokpal, hence a contempt application seeking the initiation of contempt proceedings against the executive for wilful and deliberate failure to fully comply with the aforementioned judgment of the Apex Court was filed by Common Cause.
This matter was taken up on February 23, 2018, when the AG informed the Court that steps under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 was under way and a meeting had been scheduled for March 1, 2018.
The SC directed that on March 5, 2018, an affidavit be filed by the Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training indicating the steps taken and proposed and listed the matter for March 6, 2018. During the hearing on March 6, 2018, the SC was informed by the AG that the selection committee for appointment of the Lokpal met on March 1, 2018 and decided to fill up the vacancy of an eminent jurist in the panel, which had fallen vacant after the demise of senior advocate P.P. Rao who was appointed as an eminent jurist in the panel. The Bench posted the matter for further hearing on April 17, 2018.