AAP to bring Jan Lokpal Bill back on table
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday started working on the Jan Lokpal Bill that had brought an end to the 49-day Arvind Kejriwal-led government in 2014.delhi Updated: Apr 15, 2015 23:59 IST
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday started working on the Jan Lokpal Bill that had brought an end to the 49-day Arvind Kejriwal-led government in 2014.
According to sources, a review of the draft prepared the last time is on and a decision to bring more departments under it will be taken soon.
“The draft is already there and the administrative reforms department has been asked whether any changes are required. Once finalized, the bill will be cleared by the cabinet,” said a Delhi government official, requesting anonymity.
Sources said the bill will be tabled in the budget session that will be held by the end of May or the first week of June.
The name of the Bill — either Janlokpal or Delhi Lokayukta — will be known only when the draft goes through the cabinet. The draft is largely based on the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill.
“It differs in some regards. The inclusion of the chief minister office in the purview of the proposed law is one major difference,” the official added.
Officials said that Janlokpal bill would ensure that investigation of corruption charges and prosecution was done under fast track conditions within six months.
“If found guilty, corrupt officials will serve a jail term of 1 year to life imprisonment depending on the severity of the case. Their property will be seized and they will be dismissed from office,” said the official.
After assuming office on December 28 in 2013, Arvind Kejriwal had said his government would pass the promised JanLokpal Bill from Ramlila Ground by the first week of February in 2014.
A committee headed by the chief secretary and secretaries of urban development, law and finance departments and advocate Rahul Mehra were given the responsibility of drafting the Jan Lokpal Bill.
Arvind Kejriwal had earlier resigned because the bill could not be tabled. In its election manifesto for the Delhi assembly election, Aam Aadmi Party had promised to cover all the officials and employees of the Delhi Government, from the chief minister to MLAs.