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Lokpal: SC gives 10 days for Centre to respond


New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Union of India to file a detailed response as to what are the steps it would take for the appointment of a Lokpal and the time frame for the completion of each step. Headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising Justice R Banumathi, the bench asked the Centre to file the detailed reply within 10 days in the issue. The apex court granted 10 days time to the Centre to file the detailed affidavit, and set July 17 for the next hearing. Attorney General KK Venugopal, representing the Central government, said the selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet shortly to decide on the next step. The apex court said the competent authority will file an affidavit indicating the steps and the time each step will take in the course of the appointment of the all-powerful anti-corruption ombudsman. Appearing for NGO Common Cause, senior counsel Shanti Bhushan submitted to the Supreme Court that over four-and-a-half-years had lapsed, since the law came into force and there was no Lokpal. Bhushan urged the Supreme Court to take appropriate steps under the Constitution's Article 142 and name a Lokpal till one is appointed following the laid down procedure.

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