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Not justifiable to keep Lokpal Act’s operation pending: SC

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The Supreme Court today said, Lokpal Bill is a workable piece of legislation and it is not justifiable to keep its operation pending.

A bench of Justices, Ranjan Gogoi and Naveen Sinha, while referring to an earlier judgment of the apex court said, Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act of 2013 is a workable piece of legislation and it is not justifiable to keep this pending.

The apex court had reserved its verdict last month on a batch of pleas seeking the appointment of Lokpal in the country.

The plea by NGO, Common Cause had sought a direction to the Centre to make the appointment of chairperson and members of Lokpal as per the amended rules framed under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

As per the Act, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha will be part of the Lokpal selection panel. At present, there is no Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

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