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No decision on PM in Par panel's Lokpal Bill draft

delhi Updated: Nov 28, 2011 21:46 IST

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The Parliamentary Standing Committee going into the Lokpal bill has recommended keeping out judiciary and MPs' conduct in House out of its purview and rejected the demand for hiving off the prosecution wing of CBI to come under its jurisdiction.

Members have unanimously recommended conferring constitutional status on the Lokpal and setting up of Lokpal and Lokayuktas in states under one legislation.

The draft report on the Bill, which has been circulated to members and would come up for finalisation on November 30, favours Lokpal's jurisdiction over corporates, media and NGOs in so far as receipt of donations from public within the country or from foreign sources.

However, even the draft document has not taken a position on inclusion of Prime Minister in the ambit of Lokpal. The issue will be considered in the Wednesday meeting. Various options, including inclusion of Prime Minister with safeguards and coverage after demitting office, have been suggested. Another of Team Anna's demand for inclusion of entire bureaucracy has been turned down with the draft report only favouring inclusion of Group B, along with Group A officials and leaving out the entire C and D staff.