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Judicial accountability bill finalised

Amid demands from Team Anna that judiciary be also brought under Lokpal, the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill finalised by a parliamentary panel has recommended inclusion of two public representatives in a committee to probe senior judges facing corruption allegations.

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2011 21:55 IST

Amid demands from Team Anna that judiciary be also brought under Lokpal, the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill finalised by a parliamentary panel has recommended inclusion of two public representatives in a committee to probe senior judges facing corruption allegations.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice and Personnel has recommended inclusion of two "non judicial" members to become part of the proposed National Judicial Oversight Committee authorised to initiate probe into corruption allegations against senior judges.

The Committee, which has examined the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010 in its report adopted on Thursday, is understood to have recommended inclusion of one MP each from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the National Judicial Oversight Committee.

Under the Bill, the five-member Oversight Committee to be headed by a former Chief Justice of India, would have a Supreme Court judge, a Chief Justice of a high court, an eminent person nominated by the President and the Attorney General of India, who would be the ex-officio member.

Team Hazare has so far opposed the Bill claiming that it provides for a probe by judges against their "brothers".

The Standing Committee is learnt to have recommended that Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman can nominate one MP each from each House.

The panel also wants inclusion of non judicial members in the Scrutiny Committees to be set up to look into complaints against judges and forwarding the same to the Oversight Committee on the basis of merit.

The Scrutiny Committee will be in place for Supreme Court and in each of the 21 High Courts and would submit reports within three months to the Oversight Committee.

Government has maintained that the Bill would make the judiciary more accountable, hence there was no need to put judges under the ambit of Lokpal.