Context :

  • Maharashtra Cabinet has decided to give more power to Lokayukta and brought the Chief Minister’s office under its ambit.
  • It is not mandatory for the states to include Chief Minister under the purview of Lokayukta according to the present Lokpal and Lokayukta act.
  • But Maharashtra cabinet decided to become one of the few states who has conferred more powers to Lokayukta.

Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act

  • The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 was notified on January 1, 2014.
  • It provides for establishing a body to be called the Lokpal and headed by a Chairperson, who is or has been a Chief Justice of India, or is or has been a judge of the Supreme Court, or an eminent person who fulfils eligibility criteria as specified.
  • Of its other members, not exceeding eight, 50% are to be judicial members, provided that not less than 50% of the members belong to the SCs, STs, OBCs, minorities, and women.

The appointment committee of lokpal headed by prime minister

consists of

  • a. Chief justice of india
  • b. leader of opposition in lok sabha
  • c. speaker, lok sabha
  • d. all the above
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