Points Of Friction
Government and civil society representatives have sparred on the question of including the prime minister in the proposed Lokpal Bill on seven key grounds:
- Point: The Prime Minister is accountable only to Parliament, and to the people of India
Counterpoint: Does this mean a PM can never face action for criminal liability,
however serious the charge, especially given the experience of two former PMs?
- Bringing PM under Lokpal will invite a flood of frivolous charges that will erode his moral authority to govern
Only President enjoys blanket immunity; complaints against PM will be vetted by a full bench of the multi-member Lokpal before being processed
- The PM’s functioning will be hobbled if the Lokpal watches his every move
The Lokpal will only sit in judgement over his non-executive actions....