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What is the lokpal bill

india Updated: Dec 18, 2013 23:10 IST

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The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 was passed by Lok Sabha on Wednesday a day after the anti-graft legislation underwent amendments during its course in Rajya Sabha. Here are the main provisions of the amended Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill:

Lokayuktas

• States to set up Lokayuktas by law within 365 days
• States have the freedom to determine the nature and type of Lokayukta

Penalty

• Imprisonment up to one year and a fine up to Rs 1 lakh for false and frivolous complaints
• Public servants can face imprisonment up to 7 years
• Criminal misconduct and habitually abetting corruption can attract jail terms up to 10 years

Jurisdiction

Included: The PM, ministers, current and former legislators, govt employees, employees of firms funded or controlled by Centre

• Societies and trusts that collect public money, receive funds from foreign sources, and have income level above a certain threshold

Excluded: Bodies creating endowments for or performing religious or charitable functions

Investigation

• Inquiry to be completed within 60 days and investigation to be completed within 6 months
• Lokpal shall order a probe only after hearing the public servant
• Inquiry against PM has to be held in-camera and approved by two-thirds of full bench of Lokpal

CBI

• Lokpal can superintend the CBI in relation to the cases referred by it to the probe agency
• CBI officers investigating cases referred by Lokpal can be transferred without its approval

Prosecution

• Lokpal can initiate prosecution through its Prosecution Wing before the Special Court. Trial to be completed within two years

Funding

• All expenses to be charged to the Consolidated Fund of India (Funds available to the Lokpal will not be dependent on the annual budget voted by Lok Sabha)