The Centre on Wednesday assured the Supreme Court that it will expedite the Lokpal appointment process even as the court sought to know about the changes a Parliamentary standing committee had proposed to the Lokpal law. “Besides replacing leader of opposition (LoP) with the leader of the largest opposition party of Lok Sabha in the selection panel for Lokpal, tell us what are the areas where you (Centre) need to make changes (to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act),” a bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur-led asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi. It asked him to file a copy of the panel’s report in two days and put NGO Common Cause’s PIL for further consideration on December 14.
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Lawyers Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for the NGO, said that the government was doing nothing to implement the law. “Here is a law which was enacted three years ago after a long battle. It is the duty of the government and the court to ensure that the law is enforced,” said Shanti Bhushan.