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Delhi Cabinet clears Jan Lokpal Bill draft

Feb 03, 2014 06:58 PM IST India India

New Delhi: The Delhi Cabinet has finally cleared the final draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill on Monday. The government was planning to pass the bill in a special session at the Indira Gandhi stadium on February 16. The AAP has invited the public to attend.

Once the bill is passed, it will be sent to the Lieutenant Governor who will then forward it to the Home Minister and finally to the President.

The Chief Minister will be under the purview of the Bill and so will be all legislators and bureaucrats.

A point of contention will be the DDA and Delhi Police that have been included under the purview of Jan Lokpal as they don't fall under the Delhi government. Delhi Police is under the Home Ministry and DDA is under the Lieutenant Governor.

The bill also proposes stricter punishments for the corrupt and protection for the whistleblowers and witnesses. It is based on the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Act.

The anti-corruption bill was one of the several important poll promises made by the AAP ahead of Delhi elections. It had vowed to pass the Bill by the first week of February.