Former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose is the country's first Lokpal. President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday cleared his appointment.
Born in Kolkata, Justice Ghose is the son of Late Justice Sambhu Chandra Ghose, former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.
Justice Ghose, 67, who is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 2017, retired from the Supreme Court on May 27, 2017. He had assumed charge as Supreme Court judge on March 8, 2013.
Graduating in Commerce from St.Xavier's College, Calcutta, Justice Ghose completed graduation in law (LL.B.) from University of Calcutta and obtained Attorney-at-Law at Calcutta High Court, and enrolled himself as an advocate on November 30, 1976 with Bar Council of West Bengal.
He practiced in civil, commercial, arbitration, constitutional and company matters both in the original side and appellate side at Calcutta High Court.
On July 17, 1997, Justice Ghose was elevated as a permanent Judge of High Court at Calcutta. He held the post of Executive Chairman, Andaman and Nicobar State Legal Services Authority and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, since January 2, 2007 and August 1, 2007 respectively.
Since January 14, 2005, he was associated with Indian Law Institute (Calcutta Chapter) and acted as the Treasurer of the Indian Law Institute till May 22, 2012. He Was Chairman of Institutional Ethics Committee of National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata.
Justice Ghose's appointment has come nearly five years after the Lokpal Act was notified on January 16, 2014.
(With inputs from agencies)
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