Even before the dew on the setup Lokpal could dry up, its newly-elected members are seeking the status of serving judges of High Court with pay and perks, including bungalow accommodation, in Lutyens Delhi.
Attorney General KK Venugopal said to the five-judge constitution bench-led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that he has been informed that the Lokpal members are demanding for status, which is equal to the High Court Judge.
Mr. Venugopal told the court, “We are in great difficulty. A bureaucrat gets one LTC, but a judge gets four.”
At this point, the Chief Justice of India said that “if there is a retired Supreme Court judge heading a tribunal, then other members of the tribunal would be seeking the same perks and privileges.”