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Jan Lokpal bill likely to be cleared today, Delhi Cabinet to meet shortly

Feb 03, 2014 08:41 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government may finally clear the Jan Lokpal draft bill on Monday.

The bill envisions an effective Lokayukta - the AAP has termed the present Delhi Lokayukta redundant - elected by an independent panel of experts.

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

The judiciary, however, has been kept out.

The AAP also wants the DDA and the Delhi Police under the ambit of the law. However, this is going to be a sticky issue between the Home Ministry and the Delhi government. The DDA and the Delhi Police don't fall under the Delhi government.

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

The Cabinet is yet to decide on issues such as the duration of punishments and confiscation of assets of corrupt officials.

The bill, once cleared, will be passed in a special Assembly session held at the Indira Gandhi stadium on February 16. The AAP has invited the public to attend.

Once passed, the key legislation will go to the Lieutenant Governor, the Home Minister and finally, to the President.

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.