If Lokpal Act gets passed: Only a case registered against PMs will go to the ombudsman: Bill

If Lokpal Act gets passed: Only a case registered against PMs will go to the ombudsman: Bill

Only a case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation against any Prime Minister will go to the Lokpal immediately for investigation, if this Bill is accepted by Parliament. BJP will change its stand on the subject: party sources.

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If passed, the Lokpal Bill will allow the Lokpal to call a public meeting, and recall an elected representative — that is if the home minister himself had refused to act, or an elected representative was found guilty of defrauding the electorate through a fake degree, of corruption or of involving himself in the wrong activities.

The Lokpal Bill, if passed, will also allow the ombudsman to discharge his duties by consulting a panel of independent experts, and the panel shall hold a meeting with the Lokpal. But the panel shall have no mandate to share confidential information with the Lokpal or the Lokpal will have no discretion to share confidential information with the panel.

The Bill empowers the Lokpal to take cognisance against anyone who, on information provided by another officer, fails to take action. A competent officer shall cause to be recorded the action taken on the investigation of his complaint or his observations in the absence of the complainant.

An accused shall also be able to appeal against any order of the Lokpal, once the Lokpal receives the complaint or expresses an opinion in its letter of inquiry against the accused person.

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After the Lokpal receives the complaint or an opinion on his action, he shall make a review order, upon which the complainant or the accused shall have the option to appeal either by moving the bench or the decision of the Court of First Instance. It is further decided that it shall be within a reasonable time after the passing of the order to respond to the appeal within the terms and conditions of the appeal.


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