Delhi assembly tables Jan Lokpal Bill
| Monday, November 30, 2015 - 20:26
New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday brought the anti-corruption Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill to the table in the assembly.
Tabling it, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said it was a "historic" bill and no such bill was as effective as this one.
There was thumping of desks by members of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party who also raised slogans in its support. The Bharatiya Janata Party members were not present in the assembly.
The new Jan Lokpal Bill's judicial scope will be as follows:
The bill will be headed by the Delhi HC chief justice. The Chief Minister, the Speaker, and the Leader of the Opposition will also be a member in this long, striven-for legislation.
Under the jurisdiction of the Lokpal, investigation of corruption cases which were previously under no time strain will be limited to 6 months. And in extremely rare cases, the investigation will extend up to 12 months.
An independent investigation wing will also be availed to Lokpal which can also seek the assistance of Govt investigation agencies as well.
The Lokpal Bill will have the power to confiscate property and to suspend officers who are involved in corruption cases.
Punitive justice for corruption will be life imprisonment at maximum and provisions for 6 to 10 years with penalty in other cases.
The individual involved in the corruption will have to reimburse with five times the amount for the damage incurred upon the people.
Lokpal bill promises protection for whistleblowers who will assist with valuable information on unobserved corruption.
(With inputs from IANS )