Sushma, Jaitley had opposed Rao in search panel
Change in rules is expected to pave way for government to go ahead with process of appointing chairperson and members of Lokpal.
The govt will go ahead with appointments of Lokpal only after the amendments are carried out in the rules.
President Pranab Mukherjee had given his assent to Lokpal Act on January 1 this year.
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Solicitor General told SC that there will not be any appointments in the Lokpal panel till rules are amended.
As per rules, the Prime Minister-led Selection Committee for Lokpal shall constitute a Search Committee consisting of seven members and a chairperson.
The committee had disintegrated after former SC judge K T Thomas and jurist Fali S Nariman refused to come on board.
Arun Jaitley said the procedure is legally “suspect” and such “unholy haste” will destroy the credibility of Lokpal even before it is formed.
Asserting the need to appoint the chairperson and members of the Lokpal “as early as possible”, Singh had said the meeting was “essential”.
Government should not push through a Lokpal even as the appointment process is under a cloud.