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Lokpal panel split but will deliver bill: govt

Agencies  New Delhi, May 31, 2011
First Published: 17:37 IST(31/5/2011) | Last Updated: 17:39 IST(31/5/2011)

The government on Tuesday admitted there is no unanimity among members of the panel that is drafting the lokpal bill and more consultations were needed.


Union ministers P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal announced in a press conference in Delhi that the centre has written to all state governments and political parties, seeking their views on the lokpal bill.

The two ministers, however, insisted the panel's work was going well and it will be able to deliver a draft lokpal bill by June 30.

The 10-member panel, which is headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and is drafting a strong anti-corruption bill, on Monday saw the government's representatives and civil society members disagreeing virtually on five of the six contentious issues taken up for discussion.

The government firmly ruled out bringing the prime minister and the higher judiciary within the purview of the lokpal. They also disagreed over allowing the lokpal to probe allegations of corruption inside Parliament against MPs. Social activist Anna Hazare's team, which forms the civil society side of the panel, said government's intentions were suspect."

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