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

AP
Citizen Cane Vs King Canute
outlookindia.com
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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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