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Lokpal Draft Bill Approved - Latest News For Cabinet Clears Jan Lokpal Bill

After all the Union Cabinet in a meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2011, has approved the Lokpal draft Bill. The anti- graft Lokpal Bill will be introduced in parliament in the monsoon session that begins Monday.

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Jan Lokpal Bill
In India, the Jan Lokpal Bill is a proposed anti-corruption law designed to effectively deter corruption, redress grievances and protect whistleblowers. Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.

The approval for this bill was given after the long two hours discussion of today’s meeting.  The Jan Lokpal draft will be tabled in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

According to this approved draft, it will have a chairperson and eight members, including four judicial members, in this body will be 50 per cent members from the judiciary.

The Prime Minister and also the judiciary have been excluded from the ambit of the Lokpal Bill. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was quoted as having said at the meeting, "If you want to me there, I have no problem. I leave it to the Cabinet."

The Prime Minister won’t come under the purview of the Lokpal Bill during his period in office, but will be covered by it after he leaves the post. The statute of limitations under the Bill is seven years.

Anna Hazare said, “The government’s Lokpal bill has a very narrow jurisdiction.” The Gandhian has threatened to go on an indefinite fast from August 16 if a "proper" draft of the Bill is not brought before Parliament.

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