Justice Khanwilkar Appointed as New Chairperson of Lokpal

Post Name : Justice Khanwilkar Appointed as New Chairperson of Lokpal
Post Date :  28 February , 2024
Post Description :  The Central government appointed former Supreme Court judge Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre as the new Chairperson of the anti-corruption ombudsman, Lokpal. Justice Khanwilkar will hold the post for a term of five years from the date he enters office or till he attains the age of 70 years.

About Justice A.M. Khanwilkar

Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, aged 65, is a seasoned legal luminary with an illustrious career spanning over two decades. His expertise primarily lies in labor, industrial, and constitutional laws, honed through his extensive practice in the Bombay High Court.

Professional Journey

In 2013, Justice Khanwilkar attained the esteemed position of a Permanent Judge at the Bombay High Court after a distinguished tenure as a practicing lawyer. During his tenure at the Bombay HC, which spanned over two years, he adjudicated on several landmark cases, showcasing his astute legal acumen.

In 2015, Justice Khanwilkar’s judicial journey ascended to new heights as he was elevated to the Supreme Court of India, the apex judicial body in the country. Over a span of six years, he left an indelible mark on the Indian legal landscape with his judicious rulings and insightful interpretations of the law. His involvement in various Constitution benches addressing pivotal issues like the SC/ST Act, Aadhaar, and reservation in job promotions underscores his profound impact on legal jurisprudence.

Noteworthy Judgments

Justice Khanwilkar’s legacy is adorned with several notable judgments that have shaped the course of legal history in India. Among these, his confirmation of the death sentence for four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case and his role in upholding the Clean Chit given to Prime Minister Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots stand out as significant milestones in his judicial career.

About Lokpal

The Lokpal, or anti-corruption ombudsman, is a crucial statutory body established under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. Its primary mandate is to investigate corruption cases involving public servants.

Appointment Process

The Lokpal chairperson and its members are appointed by a high-level selection committee comprising key dignitaries such as the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader of Opposition, and Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court judge nominated by the CJI.

Current Scenario

Currently, the Lokpal is facing vacancies in the post of chairperson and three judicial member positions. The absence of a regular chief has led to operational challenges, hampering its effective functioning.

Role and Responsibilities of Lokpal Chairperson

The chairperson of Lokpal wields significant powers of superintendence and direction in conducting the business of the institution. They are entrusted with the task of constituting benches and assigning cases for inquiry and investigation into corruption complaints.


With Justice Khanwilkar’s appointment as the new Chairperson of Lokpal, there is renewed hope for strengthening the institution’s mandate in combating corruption effectively. His illustrious legal career and unwavering commitment to justice make him a formidable leader poised to lead Lokpal towards greater transparency, accountability, and integrity in public service.

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