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Amidst differences between Team Anna and Kejriwal, Rajya Sabha to discuss Select Committee's Lokpal Bill now on tomorrow
Due to the death of Union Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola, discussion on Lokpal Bill which was to be held today in the Rajya Sabha has been postponed to tomorrow. Both the houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day entire day soon after after paying tributes to the Union Minister, who died yesterday.

Meanwhile Anna Hazare's hunger strike in a bid to pressurise the government to pass Lokapl Bill has entered the seventh day today. The anti-corruption crusader has lost 4.3 kg since the fast began, and is now feeling weak.   

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Anna Hazare's fast, AAP's stunning debut in Delhi Assembly elections and the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections; all these factors have brought up the Lokpal Bill to the center-stage again, and the government has shown a fresh zeal by moving the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha on last Friday.

The select committee's Lokpal Bill has support of the ruling Congress, the main opposition party BJP and the Team Anna. However, the erstwhile member of the Team Anna, Arvind Kejriwal has opposed the select committee's Lokpal Bill while terming it a jokepla. Kejriwal also expressed surprise over Anna Hazar'e approval to the select committee's Lokpal Bill and has said that Hazare's has been mislead by some people.

In a press statement the Aam Aadmi Party has said, “We are now witnessing an unseemly spectacle in Parliament with the Congress and the BJP fighting to claim the credit for passing this farcical Jokepal bill, with or without some of the cosmetic amendments of the select committee.”

Replying to the opposition expressed by Kejriwal Anna Hazare has said that he had read the entire Bill and expects the same from Arvind Kejriwal before he says something on the select committee's bill.

AAP has said that the bill which has been finalized secretly by the Congress and the BJP, in either case, would remain a far cry from the Jan Lokpal bill which had been drafted by Team Anna and for which Anna had fasted at Ramlila maidan.

According to AAP below are the important differences between the Jan Lokpal bill & the proposed select committee's bill:


As per Govt’s Lokpal Bill


As per Jan Lokpal Bill

Appointment:Lokpal will be selected 5 members: by PM, Leader of Opposition, Speaker, CJI, and one jurist nominated by these 4.

(thus majority of those who will select Lokpal will be from the political class, who themselves will need to be investigated by the Lokpal)

Lokpal will be appointed by a 7 member committee, consisting of 2 SC judges, 2 HC judges, 1 nominee of CAG+CVC+CEC, PM and Leader of Opposition


Removal: For removal, only the Govt, or 100 MPs can make a complaint to the SC.

(thus rendering the removal largely under control of the government and the political class, and compromising its independence)

Any citizen can complain to the SC seeking removal of any member of Lokpal.

Investigating machinery: The Lokpal would have to get the complaints investigated by any investigating agency, including the CBI, all of which would continue to remain under the administrative control of the government. The transfer, postings and post-retirement jobs of CBI officers would be under the control of the Govt., thus compromising the independence of the investigative machinery.

The CBI will be brought under the administrative control of the Lokpal, so that the investigating machinery can be made independent of the government.

Whistleblower protection: Not mentioned in the government’s bill.

The Jan Lokpal Bill includes provisions for protection of whistleblowers.

Citizens Charter: Not mentioned in the government bill.

(this was one of the unanimous assurances made by parliament to Anna Hazare when he broke his fast in August 2011)

The Jan Lokpal instituted a mechanism for prosecution of government officials if they failed to fulfil their duties under the citizens charter, which was to be created in this Bill.

Lokayuktas in the State: Have been left to the discretion of the state governments.

(this was one of the unanimous assurances made by parliament to Anna Hazare when he broke his fast in August 2011)

The Jan Lokpal bill sought to create a Lokayukta along the same lines as the one at the center.

Frivolous Complaints: Any person making a false or frivolous complaint could be jailed for up to 1 year, which will deter even honest complainants from going to the Lokpal.

There was a penalty up to Rs. 1 lakh, but no provision for imprisonment.

Ambit of the Lokpal: Judiciary excluded completely and MPs excluded in respect of their votes and speeches in Parliament.

Included all public servants, including judges and MPs, with regard to all their public duties.

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