Aimed at setting up an anti-corruption watchdog, the much debated
Lokpal bill will be tabled in the Lok Sabha today.
With a chairperson and eight members, half of them judicial, Lokpal is expected to have authority to investigate and even prosecute. It will also be provided with officers and staff necessary to carry out its functions. Here are some highlights of the bill:
The government hopes that if the bill could go ahead with its passage if the Standing Committee can present its recommendations on the bill by August-end.
Interestingly, the first legislative attempt at Lokpal in India failed after the bill was passed in the 4th Lok Sabha in 1969, but could not get through in the Rajya Sabha. Subsequently, Lokpal bills were introduced in 1971, 1977, 1985, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005 and in 2008, but were never made a law.