The Lokpal has received 30 complaints against senior central government officials between April and July this year. This information has come to the fore in the latest official figures. According to the Lokpal data, of the total complaints made in this financial year, 18 were received in July and 12 in April and June.
Of these 30 complaints, 18 were against Group ‘A’ or ‘B’ officers and 12 against any institution, board, corporation, authority, company, committee, trust, autonomous body partly or wholly financed or controlled by the Central Government. against the chairman, member, officer or employee.
Figures show that 11 complaints were disposed of after preliminary inquiry, in seven complaints, preliminary inquiry was ordered. One complaint sought a status report and another invited comments. The Lokpal has sought additional information from the complainants in three complaints.
Preliminary investigation reports from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have not been received in three complaints, as of 2021-22. On March 23, 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the chairman of the Lokpal. At present, two posts of judicial members are vacant in the Lokpal. In the year 2020-21, the Lokpal had received 110 such complaints. While the number of complaints received in 2019-20 was 1,427.