How different is the Delhi jan lokpal bill different from the one enacted by the Central government? Here are six points of difference.
Central govt lokpal: No protection.
Delhi lokpal: Has provisions for protection of identity of whistleblowers and from harm or harassment, apart from framework to safeguard witnesses.
Selection of Lokpal
Central govt lokpal: The chairperson and members appointed by the President after obtaining the recommendations of a selection committee consisting of the Prime Minister , LS speaker, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India or a judge of the Supreme Court nominated by him and one eminent jurist nominated by the President.
Delhi lokpal: Consists of 1 Lokpal and 10 other members, who will be selected by a seven-member committee. The selection committee will have only two politicians — chief minister and Leader of Opposition, apart from two sitting high court judges, one previous lokayukta and two eminent personalities who will be selected by other members.
Central govt lokpal: No power to either initiate action suo motu in any case or even receive complaints of corruption from general public.
Delhi lokpal: Will be able to take suo motu cognisance of cases and will have wide-ranging powers to probe cases of corruption.
Central govt lokpal: Has no power to seize property of person under scrutiny.
Delhi lokpal: Has power to seize the property of the person under scrutiny.
Central govt lokpal: 10 years.
Delhi lokpal: Life imprisonment.
Central govt lokpal: Clause 46 of the Bill provides for a punishment with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year and with a fine which may extend to Rs 1 lakh in case a complaint is found to be false and frivolous or vexatious.
Delhi lokpal: Fine of up to Rs 5 lakh and maximum imprisonment of one year.