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Jan Lokpal bill cleared by Delhi Cabinet
Feb 04, 2014

Delhi cabinet has cleared the draft of Jan Lokpal Bill which provides for covering all public servants -- from chief minister to Group D employees and seeks life term as maximum punishment for those found guilty of corruption.

The bill provides for a legal right of protection to "honest" officials, whistleblowers and witnesses besides having provisions for time-bound investigation and trial of corruption cases.

In the draft bill, no provision for any "special privileges" for even the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers has been proposed.

Further the selection panel for appointment of Lokpal chairperson and members will be "transparent" and free of political control. The seven member panel will have the Chief Minister as the government nominee. The bill for the first time will also provide a legal right of protection for the whistleblowers and witnesses in corruption cases.

According to the Delhi Government the draft bill will not be sent to the home ministry for approval. But the law department had mentioned in its noting that there as per existing norms, Delhi government has to get clearance from the home ministry before tabling any bill.



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