Lokpal Bill: what the Govt wants to say?  

Lokpal Bill: Govt version

*The Lokpal will have jurisdiction only over the Prime Minister; ministers and MPs

*The Lokpal will not have suo motu power to initiate inquiry or even receive compliments of corruption directly from the public. The complaints will be forwarded to it by the presiding officer of either House of Parliament

*It is purely an advisory body and can therefore only give recommendations of the Prime Minister on complaints against ministers and to the presiding officer of either House on complaints against the Prime Minister and MPs

*Since it has no police powers, the Lokpal cannot register an FIR on any complaint. It can only conduct a preliminary enquiry

*Anybody found to have lodged a false complaint will be punished summarily by the Lokpal with imprisonment ranging from 1 year to 3 years

*The Lokpal will consist of three members, all of them will be retired judges

*The committee to select Lokpal members will consist entirely of political dignitaries and its composition is loaded in favour of the ruling party

*If a complaint against the Prime Minister relates to subjects like security, defence and foreign affairs, the Lokpal is barred from probing those allegations

*Though a time limit of six months to one year has been prescribed for the Lokpal to conduct its probe, there is no limit for completion of trial, if any

*Nothing has been provided in law to recover ill-gotten wealth. After serving his sentence, a corrupt person can come out of jail and use that money

For Civil society version check here http://indmusings.blogspot.com/2011/04/jan-lokpal-bill-what-civil-society-say.html

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