‘The government introduced an improved Lokpal bill in Rajya Sabha on Friday, December 13, 2013, but its fate continues to hang in the balance because of stiff resistance from the Samajwadi Party which repeatedly disrupted the House to ensure that the landmark anti-graft legislation was not passed. The government introduced the new bill accepting 14 of the 16 recommendations of the select committee of Rajya Sabha. This is an improvement on the Lokpal bill that the government had sought to pass in December 2012.’ (Excerpt from: ‘Govt introduces improved Lokpal bill but SP remains opposed’ TOI Dt. Dec 14,2013)
I have shared my opinion with the readers on Lokpal Bill through this column earlier. Yes, the amended Bill grants powers to ombudsman to sanction prosecution against public servants and de-links setting up of Lokayuktas in states .. but, it does not include all the recommendations of the select committee on the procedure for inquiry against corrupt public servant and transfer of an investigator. That means, even after this current drafted bill is accepted passed in the parliament .. the corrupt public servant will have an opportunity to present his view, prior to the investigation through preliminary inquiry is instituted. This freedom to the corrupt public servant is not recommended by the Jan Lokpal Bill. There is no protection to the whistle blower in the Lokpal Bill drafted by the current government. So, will there be an unsolicited interference and political pressure from the ruling government to support and/ or safeguard a corrupt public servant ? It is not very clear as yet.
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