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What is lokpal bill

delhi Updated: Jun 11, 2011 20:52 IST

The first lokpal bill was passed in the 4th Lok Sabha in 1969 but could not get through in Rajya Sabha, subsequently, Lokpal bills were introduced in 1971, 1977, 1985, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005 and in 2008, yet they were never passed.

Th lokpal bill was visualised as the watchdog institution or ministerial probity. Broadly the provisions of different bills empowered the Lokpal to investigate corruption cases against political persons at the central level.

Main objective of the bill is to provide speedy, cheaper form of justice to people.

In the proposed system lokpal will have complete powers to dismiss a corrupt official.

Lokpal will have powers to probe or prosecute any judge, even CJI, without any permission while in present scenario CJI permission is required even to register FIR against any judge.

Also, in the proposed system, politicians will not have any say in selections of chairperson and members of lokpal.

Loss caused to government will be recovered from accused.

The punishment if found guilty will be 5 years to maximum life term in the proposed system.

Right now the punishment is 6 months to maximum 7 years.