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Fali Nariman refuses to join Lokpal selection panel

Fali Nariman refuses to join Lokpal selection panel
He said he feared the multi-layered procedure could overlook the most competent, independent and courageous persons. Nariman, in a letter to V Narayanasamy, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office, said he declines the ‘honour’ to be part of the committee.

‘In my humble view, this is no way in which an institution as vital and as important as the Lokpal is to be constituted. The chairperson and members of the Lokpal as ultimately selected may well be projected as democratically chosen by a broad consensus from amongst two levels of selectors (upper and lower), but it is precisely for that reason that I do fear that the most competent, the most independent and the most courageous will get overlooked,’ he wrote.

Reacting to Nariman’s refusal, the Centre said all procedures had been followed for forming a search committee to recommend a panel of names for selection of chairperson and members of the anti-graft body.

‘I would like to make it very clear. Transparent method has been followed. The process was followed very properly. As far as the selection of members of the search committee is concerned, Fali Nariman was one among the jurists who have been considered... It is for the person concerned either to accept or not to accept,’ said Narayanasamy.
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