Thomas declines to head Lokpal search panel

Kottayam (Kerala), March 3: Retired apex court judge K.T. Thomas, who was named the head of the Lokpal search committee, Monday said he has declined to accept the appointment.

Speaking to reporters here, Justice (retd) Thomas said he has already written to the prime minister’s office about his decision.

“A selection committee is in place and the rules are also clear that they need not accept our list. Moreover, I am in Kerala and for me to travel to Delhi for a few times would incur expenses and I feel there is no need for it,” said Thomas who served in the apex court for almost six years till 2002.

The first one to opt out of the search committee was eminent lawyer Fali S.Nariman.