The experience of the Delhi Grievance Redress Commission could also be instructive. The window drafy opportunity currently available, because of the widespread public sentiment against corruption, must be respected and fully utilized to bring in these measures as soon as possible. However, public support for the Jan Lokpal Bill draft started gathering steam after Anna Hazare, announced that he would hold an indefinite fast from 5 April for the passing of the Jan Lokpal bill. Now share the story Too bad.
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Key features of bill[ edit ] Some important features of the bill are:  To establish a centre anti-corruption institution called Lokpal, supported by Lokayukta at the state level. As a result, it will be completely independent of the government and free from ministerial influence in its investigations. Members will be appointed by judges, Indian Administrative Service officers with a clean record, private citizens and constitutional authorities through a transparent and participatory process.
A selection committee will invite short-listed candidates for interviews, the video recordings of which will thereafter be made public. Inquiry has to be completed within 60 days and investigation to be completed within six months.
Lokpal shall order an investigation only after hearing the public servant. Losses to the government by a corrupt individual will be recovered at the time of conviction. Whistle-blowers who alert the agency to potential corruption cases will also be provided with protection.
Public support for the Jan Lokpal Bill draft gathered steam after Anna Hazare announced that he would hold an indefinite fast from 5 April for the passing of the Jan Lokpal bill. Before passing this bill, it was introduced in Lok Sabha with key amendments moved.
During the hour house debate, a number of opposition parties claimed introduced bill was weak and wanted it withdrawn. Key amendments that were discussed but defeated were following: Including corporates, media and NGOs receiving donations Bringing CBI under the purview of Lokpal Amendments that the house agreed upon were: Keeping the defence forces and coast guard personnel out of the purview of the anti-graft ombudsman Increasing the exemption time of former MPs from five to seven years  This bill was then presented in Rajya Sabha where it hit a logjam.
The very concept of a Lokpal concept received criticism from ex Human Resource Development minister Kapil Sibal in that it would lack accountability, be oppressive and undemocratic.
The bill also lists clear provisions for the Supreme Court to abolish the Lokpal. The bill  requires " Although some supporters have denied any judicial powers of Lokpal,  the government and some critics have recognised Lokpal to have quasi-judicial powers.
As a result, how the trials will be conducted is unclear in the bill, although the bill outlines requiring judges for special courts, presumably to conduct trials that should be completed within one year. The critics hence express concern that, without judicial review, Lokpal could potentially become an extra-constitutional body with investigative and judicial powers whose decisions cannot be reviewed in regular courts.
An organisation built over last 60 years comprising competent professionals should not be subsumed under Lokpal.
CBI officers concede that in some sensitive political cases there is of course interference from the government, but in respect of an overwhelming majority of cases CBI functions, unfettered and uninfluenced by extraneous considerations. For this reason there is an ever-increasing demand for CBI investigation from all over the country in respect of important cases.
Third draft of Lokpal bill by Aruna Roy seeks middle path
Roy and her colleagues met with law minister and government representative on the joint drafting panel Salman Khursheed on Tuesday and are likely to meet HRD minister Kapil Sibal later this week. The move gains significance as Sibal had on July 22 announced that the bill would be brought before the next Cabinet meeting. We also pointed out that the government version of the Lokpal bill is still not in the public domain. The major points of difference between the government draft and the NCPRI version is that the latter has pitched in favour of bringing the prime minister within the ambit of the Lokpal. The NCPRI, however, feels that one agency called the National Anti-corruption Lokpal should handle corruption cases related to all elected representatives including PM with some safeguards , ministers, MPs and Group A officials while a separate agency should tackle corruption in mid-level bureaucracy.
Jan Lokpal Bill
Chetan Chauhan reports. BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale went to the extent to saying that sports was a state subject and the legislative competence of central government was limited. To remove any ambiguity on whether BCCI receives substantial government support or not, the civil society wants that definition of financial funding to be extended to cover use of facilities free or at non-commercial rates and even allocation of land at subsidized rates. Most of the cricket stadiums in India have been built on subsidized land provided by the government, for which BCCI pays petty annual rental. The annual rental for Ferozshah Stadium in Delhi is just a few thousand rupees. The statement issued under the banner of NCPRI also suggested that the ministry should place a pre-condition of unconditional access to information regarding any issue of public interest at the time of registration or recognition of any sports body.
Anna Hazare ill advised, says Aruna Roy
First draft meeting[ edit ] All of the Joint Draft meetings took place at the North Block The Committee first met on 16 April , in the North Block and lasted for about ninety minutes. The meeting was allegedly recorded and the Committee claimed that decisions would be made available to the general public. HRD Minister and Committee member Kapil Sibal, said that both the sides were keen that the new Bill should be introduced in the Monsoon session, which would begin early July. The meeting was termed "very good" and with "no difference of opinion" between the panel members.