Bhubaneswar: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday appointed Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty as Acting Chairperson, Lokpal. Justice Mohanty, former Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court, has been serving as Member (Judicial), Lokpal since March, 2019.
Justice Mohanty has been authorised by the President to act as Chairperson, Lokpal, in the vacancy caused due to completion of the tenure of Justice Pinaki Chandra Bose, Chairperson, Lokpal, a notification issued by Department of Personnel and Training stated.
A native of Cuttack, Justice Mohanty will assume charge from May 28, until the appointment of the Chairperson, Lokpal, the notification further read. Born in Cuttack in a Lawyers family, Justice Mohanty’s father, Late Jugal Kishore Mohanty was the Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court and maternal grandfather, Late Rajkishore Das was also a Judge of Orissa High Court.
Mohanty studied in the Ravenshaw Collegiate School of Cuttack and graduated from the Ravenshaw College in 1974. He passed Law from Madhusudan Law College of Cuttack.
Justice Mohanty was nominated to function as Executive Chairman, Odisha State Legal Service Authority from 2012 to 2016 and has also served as Chancellor of NLU, Cuttack and NUSRL, Ranchi.