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AAP draft of Lokpal Bill proposes life term for corruption

A selection committee comprising the CM, the leader of Opposition and two High Court judges will select the final members and appointment will be made by the President. A selection committee comprising the CM, the leader of Opposition and two High Court judges will select the final members and appointment will be made by the President.
Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Posted: January 25, 2014 2:19 am | Updated: January 25, 2014 8:10 am

Aiming to give the Lokayukta more teeth, the AAP’s draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill will seek to give a maximum punishment of life imprisonment to those found guilty of corruption.

It has been learnt that the new Bill, which will officially be called Delhi Lokayukta Bill, 2014, will include separate investigation and prosecution wings. Sources said the appellate authority for decisions taken by the prosecution wing will be the High Court.

In addition, the Lokayukta will have powers to dismiss, remove and demote any government employee or a person employed by any institution that takes aid from the government fully, partially, directly or indirectly.

Sources said the Bill has been modelled on Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill but is more “aggressive and stringent”. The draft has been sent to the chief minister, who will also be accountable under the new Lokayukta.

The Bill will be taken up by the Cabinet early next week for approval.

Manish Sisodia said, “The draft is with the CM and few changes are being made in the draft. It will then be passed by the Cabinet.”
According to sources, the Bill will have 10 Lokayuktas and a chairman.

Half of the members will be from judiciary, either judges or lawyers with an experience of 20 years in the High Court or the Supreme Court. The other five members will be selected from various fields.

A search committee comprising retired judges, retired officers of the armed forces and persons of eminence will suggest names of those that can be appointed as Lokayukta.

A selection committee comprising the chief minister, the leader of Opposition and two High Court judges will select the final members and appointment will be made by the president on the recommendation of this committee.

More teeth

* Will have separate investigation and prosecution wings

* Can prosecute those guilty of corruption, award life term

* Will have powers of dismissal, removal and demotion of any government employee

* Special courts will be set up

* Appellate authority will be HC

* Will have 10 Lokayuktas and a chairman, half of the members from the judiciary

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