The member of an anti-corruption ombudsman, Justice Dilip Bhosale on 9 January, has resigned from the post citing personal reasons. Reportedly, he had sent his resignation to the President Ram Nath Kovind on 6 January.
Bhosale has served as a judge of Bombay and Karnataka High Courts and also represented as an acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, between 2015-2016. He later served as the 46th chief justice of the Allahabad High Court from July 2016 to October 2018.
“I have tendered my resignation from the post of judicial member Lokpal on January 6, with effect from 12 January 2020, due to personal reasons,” tweeted the 63-year-old Bhosale who hails from a family of freedom fighters.
As per rule, a maximum of eight members is to be appointed in the Lokpal panel of which, four need to be judicial members. On 27 March 2019, besides Bhosale, the former chief justice of Jharkhand HC – Pradip Kumar Mohanty, former chief justice of Manipur HC – Abhilasha Kumari and the former chief justice of Chhattisgarh HC – Ajay Kumar Tripathi, took an oath as the judicial members of Lokpal, an anti-corruption authority.
The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 envisages appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into corruption cases against certain categories of public servants.