New Delhi: The Select
Committee Friday presented in the Rajya Sabha its report on the
Lokpal Bill. Here are some recommendations and amendments brought
Lokpal will consist of a chairperson and maximum eight members,
of which 50 percent shall be judicial members. Fifty percent
members will be SC, ST or OBC, minorities and women. It will have
an enquiry wing for preliminary inquiry and an independent
Prime Minister will be brought under the purview of Lokpal, but
with limitations. Any issue relating to international relations,
external and internal security of the country, public order and
atomic energy will not be probed by Lokpal.
Lokpal's jurisdiction will cover all A, B, C and D groups of
The committee has recommended taking out organisations,
societies and associations "aided" by government from the purview
of Lokpal. Select Committee head Satyavrat Chaturvedi said
inclusion of government "aided" institutions will unduly bring
thousands of organisations even like the temples, mosques and
gurudwaras under the bill. It will however also exempt bodies like
The Lokpal bill passed by Lok Sabha said persons "connected"
with any political party are ineligible to be chairman, or member
Lokpal. Select Committee replaces the word "connected" with
When it comes to enquiry of allegation, the committee says Lokpal can start or order investigation on receipt of complains.
There will be no need for the Lokpal to seek permission from the
public servant or competent authority. The accused will be heard
only after preliminary enquiry is complete.
On the much debated point of CBI's independence, the committee
says CBI will have a separate Director of Prosecution appointed by
the CVC. Both, the CBI director and director of prosecution will
have fixed two-year term.
Lokpal will have superintendence over and direction to Central
Bureau of Investigations (CBI) in Lokpal referred cases. CBI
officers investigating cases referred by Lokpal will not be
transferred without Lokpal's consent. The CBI will have a panel of
Time frame has been given for enquiry -
Preliminary enquiry - three months
Investigation - six months, this can be extended by six months at
Trial - one year, extendable by one year.
Maximum punishment under Prevention of Corruption Act has been
increased to 10 years, and minimum will be two years.