Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said the AAP government’s long-awaited anti-corruption bill, this time called the Jan Lokayukta Bill, was on the anvil. Kejriwal said it would most likely be presented before the Delhi Assembly’s next session.
It was the Jan Lokpal Bill that had caused the standoff between the AAP and the Congress, which led to Kejriwal resigning during the AAP’s first tenure in 2014. The AAP, with its 28 MLAs at that time, had insisted on tabling the bill in the Assembly. But with the Congress and the BJP both opposing it, the AAP had chosen to demit office.
Kejriwal Monday tweeted, “Jan Lokayukta Bill almost ready. We shud be able to present it in next session of assembly.”
The anti-corruption bill also finds mention in the AAP’s manifesto, which stated, “Time-bound investigation shall be introduced in corruption cases. Charges of corruption against ministers, MLAs and secretaries will be completed in a timeframe ranging between six months and a year.”
Government sources said that while the bill largely retained its original character, some changes have been made to it. Sources also said experts from outside the government and the party have been involved in moulding the new act.