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Delhi cabinet clears Jan Lokpal Bill, CM's office to come under its purview

Delhi cabinet clears Jan Lokpal Bill, CM's office to come under its purview

The Jan Lok Pal Bill was Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's major poll promise but his government came under criticism for delaying its passage.

The Delhi cabinet on Wednesday evening cleared the much awaited Jan Lokpal Bill and it is expected to be tabled in the assembly next week.

With the clearance of the bill, Chief Minister's Office (CMO) will come under its purview. The anti corruption Bill was Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's major poll promise but he came under severe criticism for delaying its passage.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress both has questioned the Delhi government on why they are reluctant to pass the Bill despite their majority in the state election.

Sources said, report of any investigation by the Lokpal should completed within six months and trials be conducted in a time-bound manner will be some of the mandatory clauses of the Bill.

Soon after its clearance Deputy Chief Manish Sisodia welcomed the move and tweeted, "The historic Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill is passed by Delhi Cabinet. Congrats to all who have spent days and nights for it."

first published:November 18, 2015, 19:56 IST