Friday, December 4, 2015

Jan Lokpal Bill Passed in Delhi Assembly

Jan Lokpal Bill Passed in Delhi Assembly
NEW DELHI:  The Aam Aadmi Party's anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill has been passed in the Delhi Assembly on Friday, 4th December 2015. The bill now has to be cleared by the Lieutenant Governor and the Centre before it becomes a law.

The biggest election promise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the anti-corruption bill was tabled in the assembly on Monday, 30ty November 2015,  nine months after the Arvind Kejriwal government came to power in Delhi.

The party has denied the allegations by former members that it has vastly deviated from the original version of the bill, and says it is similar to its original 2011 version.

The 2011 bill said a Lokpal could be removed only after being found guilty of wrongdoing by courts and after presidential sanction. In the new version, a two-third majority in the assembly is enough to remove the Lokpal.

The Lokpal bill will empower the proposed ombudsman to act against any public servant in the national capital, including those of the Centre.

While the draft bill of 2015 states that no prosecution or legal proceedings can be initiated against the Jan Lokpal or any staff member of the Jan Lokpal office, AAP leaders said the process of impeachment will be applied for removal of any member of the Lokpal.

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