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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Highlights of passed #lokpal bill

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 was passed by Lok Sabha on Wednesday a day after the anti-graft legislation underwent amendments during its course in Rajya Sabha. Here are the main provisions of the amended Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill:


• States to set up Lokayuktas by law within 365 days
• States have the freedom to determine the nature and type of Lokayukta


• Imprisonment up to one year and a fine up to Rs. 1 lakh for false and frivolous complaints
• Public servants can face imprisonment up to 7 years
• Criminal misconduct and habitually abetting corruption can attract jail terms up to 10 years


Included: The PM, ministers, current and former legislators, govt employees, employees of firms funded or controlled by Centre

• Societies and trusts that collect public money, receive funds from foreign sources, and have income level above a certain threshold

Excluded: Bodies creating endowments for or performing religious or charitable functions


• Inquiry to be completed within 60 days and investigation to be completed within 6 months
• Lokpal shall order a probe only after hearing the public servant
• Inquiry against PM has to be held in-camera and approved by two-thirds of full bench of Lokpal


• Lokpal can superintend the CBI in relation to the cases referred by it to the probe agency
• CBI officers investigating cases referred by Lokpal can be transferred without its approval


• Lokpal can initiate prosecution through its Prosecution Wing before the Special Court. Trial to be completed within two years


• All expenses to be charged to the Consolidated Fund of India (Funds available to the Lokpal will not be dependent on the annual budget voted by Lok Sabha)

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