31 October, 2020

A Lokpal Of Gloom

Seven meetings and a stalemate. What now for the Lokpal Bill?

Sanjay Rawat
A Lokpal Of Gloom
outlookindia.com
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It’s War Out There

Seven meetings on, government and civil society reps drafting the Lokpal bill are split on four key issues

Ambit

  • Civil society: PM and Supreme and High Court judges should be brought under Lokpal’s purview
  • Government: This is constitutionally untenable; PM should get immunity or should be investigated with adequate safeguards

Scope

  • Civil society: MPs can be examined by a body headed by an ombudsman
  • Government: This can’t be allowed in a parliamentary democracy. Parliament is supreme.

Investigation

  • Civil society: CBI, CVC should merge into Lokpal, which must have an independent investigative arm
  • Government: PC now says independent arm possible but it will have to come from within agencies like the CBI, ED...
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