By: Akshay Chooramani
The bill seeking the appointment of a Jan Lokpal, an independent body to investigate the corruption charges in time-bound manner was passed on December 4, 2015 by Delhi Assembly. The bill has all the provisions promised in the manifesto. Key features of the bill.
- The bill empowers Jan Lokpal to investigate any complaints in Delhi against any public servant including the Chief Minister. (Section 10 (5))
- The Jan Lokpal can act on its own on receiving any complaint from any individual and provides legal protection to the complainant and witnesses from any kind of harassment. (Section 10 (2))
- The bill makes provision for time-bound completion of investigation and trial so that justice isn’t denied. (Section 18 (2))
- The Bill makes provide legal protection to those exposing government corruption (whistleblowers) and witnesses. (Section 26)
Read the full bill here. The Central Government through LG returned the bill on June 24th, 2016.