Supreme Court Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar was elected as the new Lokpal president, and Aeratu S. Rajeev, managing director (MD) of Bank of Maharashtra, was elected to the post of Vigilance Commissioner (VC) by a committee headed by the Prime Minister Narendra. Modi on Wednesday, officials aware of the details said.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who is a member of the selection panel, gave a brief note of dissent over Rajeev’s selection, officials said. Chowdhury had proposed the name of Atanu Das, former managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Bank of India, for the VC post.
The Congress leader did not object to Khanwilkar’s name as his candidature was communicated to him at the last minute, the officials added.
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The Lokpal is currently headed by Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty, who is the acting president. Of the two VC seats, one is vacant.
Khanwilkar was confirmed as a permanent judge in the Bombay high court in April 2002. He briefly served as chief justice of Himachal Pradesh high court and was then appointed chief justice of Madhya Pradesh high court in November 2013. He was elevated to the rank of Supreme Court. He was judged in May 2016 and served a six-year term until his retirement in July 2022.
Khanwilkar was part of the majority of the five-judge bench that held that the right to die with dignity is a fundamental right under Article 21, in Common Cause v Union of India (2018), thereby allowing a patient to refuse medical treatment. in cases of terminal illnesses.
AS Rajeev was appointed MD and CEO of Bank of Maharashtra in December 2018. His tenure was due to end on December 1, 2023, but in November 2023 he was granted an extension till May 31, 2024. Before BoM , was the CEO of the Indian Bank and during this time he was a director of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).