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Lokpal selection panel row: Sushma seeks time to meet President Pranab

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 00:09

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: The BJP and the government are heading for another showdown - this time over the appointment of the country`s first Lokpal.

At a meeting on Monday evening, the BJP opposed in writing the appointment of senior Supreme Court lawyer PP Rao as a member of the Lokpal selection panel, a news website report said citing sources.

Swaraj has now sought time from President Pranab Mukherjee for a meeting, pleading for his intervention to bring about unanimity in the appointment of the panel member.

Rao`s name was proposed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
At the meeting last evening, BJP leader and the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj opposed Rao`s name but her view was voted down 3-1. PM Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Justice HL Dattu, who has been nominated by Chief Justice P Sathasivam to represent him on the committee, voted in favour of Rao.

Under the provisions of the Lokpal Bill, a committee involving the PM, the Lok Sabha Speaker, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the Chief Justice of India or his nominee, and a fifth member - a judge – selected by the rest of the panel will select the Lokpal and his team.
As per sources, Swaraj opposed Rao`s appointment describing him as a "Congress loyalist". She contended that Rao had represented the Congress in courts many times.

The BJP leader instead forwarded the names of former attorney general K Parasaran, former solicitor general Harish Salve and eminent jurist Fali Nariman for selection as a fifth member of the Lokpal selection panel.

First Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 10:28
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