Parliament panel examining Lokpal Bill before finalizing it

Lokpal Bill

Lokpal Bill

The Parliamentary panel exploring the Lokpal Bill, on Monday began finalizing its report with a large section of associates favoring endorsing a single law to set up the anti-corruption representation at the Centre and the states.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances and, Law and Justice was also changing direction towards counseling, lowering punishment for filing non-serious complaints against public servants with the proposed Lokpal.

Many members have learnt to favor treating such complaints on the lines of disregard of court measures. While, the Lokpal Bill seeks to, have the provision of imprisonment for not less than two years, for persons filing false or frivolous complaints. It also seeks to impose a fine of Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 200,000 against such persons.

But committee members have understood to support imprisonment of up to six months and a penalty of up to Rs. 100,000 on the lines of the contempt of court proceedings. The same committee had not compulsory reduced the punishment for the Whistleblowers Bill and the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill on frolicsome and false complaints. The Committee members also talk about the inclusion of judiciary and transfer of CBI’s investigative wing in the Lokpal.

Meanwhile, RJD’s Lalu Prasad wanted the Committee to take notice of Anna Hazare’s recurrent threats to launch a campaign if his Janlokpal Bill was not made into a law by Parliament.

Committee Chairman Abhishek Singhvi is understood to have made it comprehensible that the panel was not working under anybody’s pressure and there was no need to take action against Hazare’s threats.

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