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Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi officially appointed as Lokpal member

Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi was administered the oath as a judicial member of Lokpal at the Lokpal of India office in New Delhi on Wednesday. Justice Awasthi was serving as the Chairperson of the 22nd Law Commission of India, but resigned from his position on Tuesday.

During his tenure at the Law Commission, Justice Awasthi recommended the retention of Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code dealing with sedition, and solicited public views on examining the Uniform Civil Code. President of India, Droupadi Murmu, appointed Justices Lingappa Narayana Swamy, Sanjay Yadav, and Ritu Raj Awasthi as judicial members of the anti-corruption body.

Former Supreme Court judge Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar was earlier sworn in as Lokpal’s Chairperson by President Murmu. Justice Khanwilkar, on Wednesday, also administered the oath of office to Pankaj Kumar, a 1986 batch IAS officer from Gujarat cadre, and Ajay Tirkey, former Secretary in the Department of Land Resources, as members of Lokpal.


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