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Petition against Lokpal panel on Friday

india Updated: May 19, 2011 16:43 IST

The Allahabad high court will take up for hearing, a writ petition challenging the resolution issued by the Centre for constitution of a committee on Lokpal Bill on Friday.

A division bench comprising justices Pradeep Kant and Vedpal on Thursday fixed May 20 as the next date, after the Lucknow Bench of the high court heard additional solicitor general Ashok Nigam.

The court had earlier issued a notice to the Attorney General of India on April 20 to file a reply on the issue within three weeks.

The petitioner, a local lawyer Ashok Pandey submitted that under the existing Constitutional provisions, the Centre cannot issue a resolution or notification to constitute a committee on drafting the Lokpal Bill.

A committee headed by senior minister Pranab Mukherjee to draft an effective Lokpal Bill was constituted on April 9, after the anti-corruption campaign launched by Gandhian Anna Hazare.