Last month, attorney general K.K. Venugopal had assured the bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the Centre was taking the appointment process forward and was going to hold a meeting for selecting an eminent jurist on the panel on 10 May.More news: Brookfield in advanced talks to bail Kushner Companies out at 666 Fifth
Venugopal told the bench that the selection committee would now constitute a search committee that "would recommend persons for appointment of chairperson and members of the Lokpal, which again will be considered by the selection committee".
Senior Advocate PP Rao had initially been appointed as the eminent jurist in the Committee. He quit the post in June a year ago.More news: Exercise fails to slow dementia brain decline, BMJ finds
Though passed in 2014, the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013 was not implemented all these years because there was no Leader of the Opposition in the 16th Lok Sabha. The court will take up the matter on July 2.
The bench was hearing an contempt plea raising concern on the non-appointment of Lokpal despite the supreme court's verdict past year. Mr. Rohatgi had steered the government side through many court battles, including the NJAC and the early days of Aadhaar challenge in the apex court. Recording the statement of AG, the court refused to set any deadline for appointment of Lokpal.More news: Rivers and lakes reaching flood stage in inland Northwest
Rohatgi had also led a team of lawyers which had participated in the pre-dawn hearing in the apex court to oppose any relief to Yakub Memon, the lone death row convict in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.