Odisha Govt Forms 7-Member Search Committee for Lokayukta Appointment

Bhubaneswar, Dec 11: The Odisha government on Monday constituted a seven-member search committee for appointment of Lokayukt in state acting on the directive of the Supreme Court.

The committee members were selected at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

It will be led by the retired Judge of the Supreme Court and former Chief Justice of Orissa High Court Justice Amitava Roy and have former bureaucrats Sanjiv Hota and Dr RN Bohidar, former Odisha DGP Gopal Nanda, Dr Bidhu Bhusan Samal, Prof Snigdha Patnaik of XIMB and Vice Chancellor of National Law University, Bangalore, Dr Venkata Rao Rambhatla as members.

The search committee will select five persons for selection of Chairperson and recommend names of 15 persons for members.

The committee will recommend the name of the chairperson and other members of Lokayukta to the selection committee by January after which the selection committee will select a 6-member Lokayukta Mandal, including the Lokayukta chairperson in February next year.

Among others, Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court Justice KS Jhaveri; retired Supreme Court Judge Justice Ananga Patnaik, Speaker of the State Assembly Pradip Amat and leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra were present at the meeting.

Notably, the apex court on July 10 this year had directed the state government to complete the process for appointment of the Lokayukta within two months.

A day before the directive of the apex court, the state government had come up with a gazette notification for the formation of the search committee on July 9.

The Lokayukta Bill was passed in the Odisha Assembly on February 14, 2014.

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