27 October, 2020

Citizen Cane Vs King Canute

No one’s buying the government’s desperate arguments to keep the prime minister above Lokpal scrutiny

Citizen Cane Vs King Canute

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....


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