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Delhi Cabinet passes Jan Lokpal Bill, to be tabled on Thursday

Feb 12, 2014 05:49 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: The Delhi cabinet has cleared the Jan Lokpal Bill and it will now be tabled on Thursday despite the Centre's opposition. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also seek the sense of the House during a special outdoor Assembly session on the February 16. The passing of the Jan Lokpal Bill was one of the poll promises of the Kejriwal governemnt and it was planing to hold an open session at Indira Gandhi stadium and even invited the public for it.

CNN-IBN has accessed a few key portion of the bill and the draft is similar to the Uttarakhand Lokpal bill but with a few additions. The Chief Minister will be under the Jan Lokpal and other public leaders too. The judiciary will remain out of the ambit of the Jan Lokpal.

Earlier in the day, government sources told CNN-IBN that the Law Ministry is likely to agree with the Lieutenant Governor's stand that the Centre's nod is required for the bill to be tabled. The Delhi High Court has also sought a response from the Delhi government on whethere there is a provision to hold an Assembly session.

A few days ago, Kejriwal had threatened to quit if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed. He had said, "If the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed then there is no reason I should be the Chief Minister. I am ready to sacrifice the chair of Chief Minister to free the country from corruption."

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