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India establishes anti-corruption ombudsman

India’s federal anti-corruption ombudsman, the Lokpal, officially commenced functioning on Tuesday with the country’s president appointing former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the body’s first chairperson, along with eight other members. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act , which mandates the setting up of anti-corruption ombudsman bodies at the federal and state levels, was enacted in 2013 and received presidential assent on January 1, 2014. Appointments were delayed, and it took over five years for the federal ombudsman to be established. Under Section 3 of the statute, the Lokpal chairperson may be a current or former Chief Justice […]

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